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Goalie Dustin Tokarski is Sabres' nominee for Masterton Award

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who had not played in the NHL since 2016 and had not won a game in the league since 2015, has been named the Buffalo Sabres' 2021 nominee for the Masterton Trophy, the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced Monday. The award is presented annually to the player...
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Sabres goalies Carter Hutton, Dustin Tokarski, UPL done for the season

A Buffalo Sabres season beset by a Covid-19 outbreak and injuries to prominent players may only increase in difficulty over the final week. Interim coach Don Granato told reporters following the Sabres' morning skate Tuesday that goalies Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Dustin Tokarski and Carter Hutton are done for the season. Linus...
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Out Monday

Tokarski (undisclosed) will not be available for Monday's tilt with the Islanders, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports. It's unclear exactly why Tokarski is out but the Sabres were forced to sign Stefanos Lekkas to a professional tryout agreement so he could serve as the backup to Michael Houser on Monday. Tokarski allowed three goals on 14 shots against the Bruins on Saturday and likely sustained an injury during that appearance. He'll be questionable for Tuesday's rematch with the Islanders.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Needed in relief Saturday

Tokarski stopped 11 of 14 shots after replacing Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body) to begin the third period of Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Bruins. It was another rough outing for Tokarski, although it came under difficult circumstances, and the 31-year-old has now coughed up 13 goals over his last seven periods. He sports a brutal 3.54 GAA and .904 save percentage on the season, but with neither Linus Ullmark nor Carter Hutton seemingly close to returning from their own lower-body injuries, Tokarski could be forced to carry the load in the crease down the stretch if Luukkonen's issue proves to be serious.
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Inside the NHL: Dustin Tokarski has fond memories of historic AHL run

The Buffalo media had a fun video chat Wednesday with Sabres goalie Dustin Tokarski in the wake of his honor as the NHL's First Star of the Week. For a guy who had not played in the league since 2016 or won a game since 2015 until this month, you could tell how much it meant.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Gets starting nod

Tokarski will patrol the crease during Thursday's home game versus the Bruins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Tokarski was sharp in his last start Tuesday versus Boston, stopping 39 of 41 shots, but he still suffered his eighth loss of the season due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The 31-year-old backstop will attempt to pick up his third win of the season in a rematch with the same Bruins squad Thursday.
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Sabres goalie Dustin Tokarski named NHL's First Star of the Week

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who earned his first NHL win since 2015 and made 128 saves in four games, has been named the NHL's First Star of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves Thursday night in the Sabres' dominating 5-2 win over the...
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Dustin Tokarski has given a boost to Sabres' play in the crease

The Buffalo Sabres' goaltending situation is a fascinating subplot to the final month of their season. Here come Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar back to Buffalo. And here come the Boston Bruins, rejuvenated in the wake of last week's trade and back in the thick of the East Division race.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Gets no help in loss

Tokarski made 39 saves in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Bruins. The journeyman netminder continues to give the Sabres a fighting chance every night since being forced into the No. 1 job, allowing exactly two goals in four of his last five starts, but he has only a 2-2-1 record to show for that stretch. On the season, he sports a strong .918 save percentage through 10 appearances, but high shot volume has saddled him with a 3.05 GAA.
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Goalie Dustin Tokarski looks sharp with little rest, helps Sabres beat Penguins

BUFFALO – Having played goalie into his mid-teens before switching to forward, interim Sabres coach Don Granato possesses a strong understanding of the unique position. Granato knows the strain of playing back-to-back days often affects the goalie’s focus and other subtleties in his game. He might, for example, have trouble playing his angles or handling rebounds.
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Sabres Goalie Dustin Tokarski Earns NHL “First Star” Of The Week Honors

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski has been named the National Hockey League “First Star” of the Week. It’s been a long journey back to the National Hockey League for Buffalo Tokarski. With both Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton going down to lower-body injuries, Tokarski’s has carried the load in net in four games in the last week, while posting a record of 2-1-1 with a 2.27 goals-against average and a save percentage of .934.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Tending twine Sunday

Tokarski will draw the home start for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Tokarski will get his fourth consecutive start Sunday, as he's gone 1-5-2 this season to go along with a 3.30 GAA and .910 save percentage. The 31-year-old has faced Pittsburgh twice this campaign, surrendering eight goals on 72 shots in two losses over that span. It will be a stiff test for Tokarski and the Sabres, as the Penguins have averaged 4.00 goals per contest over their last five games.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Picks up another win

Tokarski turned aside 34 of 36 shots in Sunday's 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Tokarski earned his second win in his last three starts, this one coming on home ice. The 31-year-old journeyman held the Penguins off the board until Jason Zucker beat him with a quick shot off a faceoff midway through the second period. Tokarski will look to make his fifth straight start Tuesday against the Bruins.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Falls to Pens

Tokarski stopped 38 shots in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Penguins. It was another solid outing for the 31-year-old, but this time he didn't get enough offensive support to sneak into the win column. Tokarski has a shaky 3.30 GAA through eight appearances, but his .910 save percentage is a better reflection of his performance rather than that of the porous defense in front of him.
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Sabres goalie Dustin Tokarski dedicates first NHL win since 2015 to late father

When the final horn sounded and Dustin Tokarski earned his first NHL victory since 2015, the Buffalo Sabres goalie stayed in his crease and pointed his glove to rafters. Moments later, Tokarski’s excited teammates assembled in front of him, and one by one they each congratulated him, giving him some kind words and a tap on the mask.
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Sabres' Dustin Tokarski beats Caps to end win drought

EditorsNote: Corrects Buffalo’s record since losing streak in Graf 3. Anders Bjork had one goal and one assist, and goalie Dustin Tokarski earned his first win in more than five years as the visiting Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 Thursday night. The Capitals saw their three-game winning streak...