Imagine this: You're a backup for one of the best goalies in the NHL, called upon to start in net against one of the worst teams in the league.
You play decently for 59 minutes, well enough for your team to win. Then you let the Oilers score. And in overtime, your defenseman knocks you over as you watch the winning goal slide under your nose into the net. You've blown a game against the Oilers in the most embarrassing fashion you can imagine.
How do you deal with this? Do you try and move on? Do you watch tape to try and see what went wrong? Do you change your name and flee to the most remote, northern reaches of Canada to live as a hermit, away from your shame?
These are the difficult questions we imagine Dustin Tokarski is facing this morning. Keep him in your thoughts.
Oilers 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
Three things we learned
1. The newest Jets had a rough debut.
Let's forget the fact that Pekka Rinne was an unstoppable force of greatness for the Predators on Thursday. Even without considering that, Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers didn't enjoy great debuts. Aside from two shots, Stafford was a non-factor. And Myers not only made his goalie make tremendous saves, but he took a Shea Weber slap shot to the knee late in the third. Welcome to the Western Conference, former Sabres.
2. St. Louis wasn't intimidated at all by playing in Tampa Bay.
Amalie Arena has become something of an Eastern Conference stronghold for the Lightning this year. For whatever reason, they just pull off win after win at home. But the Blues made them look silly at times on Thursday, thanks in part to a three-point effort by Alexander Steen. That's the second big loss at home for Tampa in the last week. Are there cracks in the home ice armor?
3. Kris Letang is going to make a late run at the Norris Trophy.
Even though he obviously still has defensive issues, Letang's offensive production is ticking even further upwards lately. He very nearly had a hat trick on Thursday, and tied Calgary's Mark Giordano for the league lead in defenseman points with 44.
The final minutes of Montreal's game against the Oilers on Thursday will haunt Dustin Tokarski.
Stat of the Night
In case you haven't fully grasped how bad the Leafs have been, consider this: Toronto is 4-20-1 in its last 25 games. Five wins in 25 tries. That's almost impressive.