The Rangers' front office group was jumping up for joy in their suite at the Bell Centre, the Montreal crowd was stunned, and if the 24-year-old Tokarski didn't know anything about hockey in the 1980s, he did now.
"I don't know much about it but I'm assuming that's what it was like," chuckled Tokarski after the game.
Thing is, while the fans were panicking, the Habs themselves were not.
The gritty Canadiens showed the resolve that helped them upset the No. 1-seeded Boston Bruins last round, taking a deep breath and not allowing the game to get away from them.
"The reason I didn't call timeout is because I felt our attitude on the bench was good," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien. "When they tied the game, attitude was sharp and we scored not too far after, so we didn't decide to call a timeout because, as a coach, you had a feeling that your team is losing confidence, but that was not the case."
Therrien's gut calls have been nearly perfect all postseason long.
His team rallied back for the victory, capped by David Desharnais ' empty-netter with 4:17 to go.
Montreal is now 3-0 this spring in elimination games, having come back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Bruins.
"There's a lot of distractions, a lot of noise in this city," said winger Max Pacioretty, who was fantastic Tuesday night while posting a goal plus an assist. "I think when we let it affect us and we don't worry about ourselves and what we can control, we get away from our games a bit. Now that we're in desperation mode, our backs are against the wall, we're just worrying about what we can control. When we get four lines buzzing like that, and play the way we're capable of, and only worry about ourselves, we have a lot of success and hopefully we can do that next game."
So much intrigue heading into Game 6. The Rangers really need to end this. If you're the Blueshirts, you can't get back on a plane for a seventh and deciding game on Saturday night in Montreal.
The Habs are believing again. And that's a dangerous thing.