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VIDEO: Dustin Tokarski is the victim of a bad bounce for center-ice goal

By Mike McMahon

Canadiens back-up goaltender Dustin Tokarski had a moment he'd like to forget in Anaheim tonight.

The 24-year-old goalie thought he was playing a center ice dump-in from Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, until the puck took a crazy bounce of the stanchion and found its way into the unoccupied net.

For Tokarski, who was recalled from AHL Hamilton last week, the game-tying gift is a learning experience for a young goalie that does not know the tricks to every NHL arena just yet, though he's not the first goalie to be the victim of a bad bounce. Last February, Thomas Vokoun suffered a similar fate with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Washington Capitals  defenseman John Carlson dumped the puck into the offensive zone. In January, there was a close call for Nashville Predators goalie Carter Hutton, who was able to recover and rob Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl.

Tokarski went on to make 39 saves in the contest, earning his first win with the Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout.

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