The remarkable playoff feats of Canadiens backup goalie Dustin Tokarski have hometown fans buzzing with excitement.

"I was just ecstatic to see a local boy that we know," Bella Morozoff told CBC News Friday following an exciting Game 3 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, which the Canadiens won in overtime. "He did just fantastic. It was just nail-biting right till the end."

Tokarski, 24, was thrust into the playoff spotlight after veteran goalie Carey Price was injured. The Game 3 win keeps the Canadiens' hopes alive in the series which the Rangers lead 2 - 1. Their next game is Sunday.

While many online biographies note Tokarski was born in Humboldt, Sask., his hometown is Watson, Sask., about 40 kilometres east of the larger community.

And folks from the smaller community, population around 700, are proud of the local star.

"Pretty much everyone in town kind of kept their eye on him and followed his career, right through midgets and junior hockey and Western Canada league," Doug Haussecker recalled.