Tokarski gives Habs reason to believe

"It's been the same thing for us all year," said Briere. "We never give up, we've always found a way to come back even when everyone thought we were dead. When they score a goal like that, the majority of people thought that was the end for us. We find a way, a way to go make big plays. We believed. It's obviously easier to say than to do it, but this time we were able to do it."

It was Briere during the intermission before overtime that cracked up the room.

"I just asked the guys to end it quickly, to be ready right off the bat. It's nice that they listened to me," chuckled Briere. "I didn't even have the chance to take one shift in OT."

The Habs are back in this series because of a goalie most players on this team honestly didn't know just a few months ago before he was recalled in March to beat Anaheim and Buffalo.

"Before March? Not much," captain Brian Gionta said when asked what he knew about Tokarski before now. "When Michel [Therrien] went with him in a couple of those games then we found out more what the kid was about, the poise that he showed and handling a tough situation. And again, coming in last game, that's a real tough situation to be in for a young kid in Montreal. He's handled himself really well."

It's just uncanny how cool and calm Tokarski looks in net. He certainly left an impression on the Habs head coach back in March and the seed was planted should Price ever get hurt again.

And let's give Therrien major credit here. It takes major gumption to take a kid who had 10 previous NHL games under his belt in his entire career and insert him in the Eastern Conference finals.

But in consultation with the rest of his coaching staff and management, Therrien said he got full support in making the move ahead of Game 2.

"We all saw the same thing the same way, with the kid's background," said Therrien. "The way that he played for us this year only a few times, we knew the kid was a winner. To be a winner, you need to be a battler, and this is exactly what again he shows tonight."

Tokarski's big-game résumé in the Memorial Cup, world junior championships and AHL playoffs paints a picture of a guy who's hungry for the spotlight, one who doesn't shrivel when the pressure rises.

"Any time you get an opportunity you want to seize it and do your best," said Tokarski. "The one thing on my mind is this series and trying to win a best-of-seven right now."

Suddenly, that doesn't sound so darn crazy.

Buckle up, we've got ourselves a series now.

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