Dustin Tokarski gets Game 3 start; Vanek practising on fourth line

The Montreal Canadiens will start Dustin Tokarski in goal for Game 3 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien announced the move after Wednesday's practice session in Brossard.

Tokarski, who hadn't played in a month, was given the Game 2 assignment over veteran backup Peter Budaj, following an injury to starter Carey Price in the previous game.

Tokarski stopped 27 of 30 shots as Montreal lost at home to the Rangers to go down 2-0 in the series.

Price is not expected back for the duration of the Eastern Conference final after getting injured in a Game 1 collision with Rangers forward Chris Kreider.

Meanwhile, embattled Habs forward Thomas Vanek found himself on the fourth line at Wednesday's practice.

Vanek skated with centre Daniel Briere and right-winger Brandon Prust, a unit that usually gets limited ice time.

He had been skating with centre Tomas Plekanec, who now has Alex Galchenyuk and Brian Gionta on his wings.

Vanek has taken heat from fans and media for listless play as the Canadiens fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

The Canadiens were to leave in the afternoon for New York.

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