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Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:36 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 4:16 am
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The Tampa Bay Lightning defied the odds and their goalie, Dwayne Roloson, again defied his age.

Roloson, 41, stopped 36 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the first-round series Wednesday night. That’s on top of the 27 saves on 29 shots he stopped in Game 5 and the 31 of 33 volleys turned away in Game 6 as Tampa Bay became the 24th team in NHL history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. 

As The Tampa Bay Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reprots, Roloson didn’t have the easiest path to this win:

The Lightning killed off six power plays in the game, including one with 1:33 left, and killed 35 of 36 in the seven-game series.

"It's just another win for me. Now that this is over, enjoy it, but tomorrow is another day and we have to focus on the next series," Roloson said. "We just laid it on the line. We just went out and played. We just did what we had to do to win hockey games. We didn't care about the score. We didn't care about the results.

"We stayed within our system and our structure and we were able to win hockey games."

Roloson also outdueled Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, not that he could be faulted allowing one goal on 22 shots. Fleury received a cheers from the CONSOL Energy Center after the game's conclusion, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
He had no chance at preventing Lightning left wing Sean Bergenheim from scoring into an open net. Bergenheim, positioned to the left of Fleury, was free for an open shot after the Penguins paid too much attention to center Dominic Moore from behind the cage.

"Our goalie stopped everything he saw," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.


-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

Okay so know one knows what would have happened had the Pens had Crosby and Malkin playing, but lets not get carried away.  If you honestly believe that it's easy to say that Tampa would have swept Pitt if they played then you must have been living under a rock the past 4 seasons.  Besides that, if Crosby and Malkin were playing the Pens would have been taking on the Sabres after winning the Atlantic division and the Lightning would have bee playing the Flyers.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

......and if my aunt had junk she'd be my uncle



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

Can we please stop playing the "if this happened" game...they were injured which is part of the game.  We won it was a great series, I feel bad for the pens and their fans but its something you gotta live with..you had half the season to prepare




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

I love the Bolts and what the future looks like but Crosby and Malkin would have chewed up that weak tampa "D".  Then again,  I have never seen a 34/35 penalty killing machine like the bolts right now.   With Malkin and Crosby....Pens in 6.  



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:06 am
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

Penguins lose to ex Islander Goalie. Justice......



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:26 am
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

Then again, if they did play, Tampa may have also swept Pitt.  It's real easy to say stuff like that, but they didn't plan and it's over, Tampa played much better and deserved to win.  



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:21 am
 

Roloson, 41, keys Tampa Bay's comeback

All due respect but TB wouldn't have lasted 5 games against PIT had the Penguins had Malkin & Crosby playing.  


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