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Mike Smith gets start in Lightning net for Game 5

Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 2:33 am

BOSTON --- Mike Smith --- spectacular in relief during the Eastern Conference finals – was only solid in his first career playoff start for the Tampa Bay Lightning, not that their coach second-guessed his decision to bench veteran Dwayne Roloson in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

“It's a decision I don't regret at all,” Guy Boucher said after the Boston Bruins’ 3-1 victory at TD Garden on Monday night. “I've done it in the past and it worked. I've had it done against me and it worked. . . . It wasn't something emotional at all. It was something thought of methodically and it was unanimous as a staff, that we wanted to give a breather to Roli and give a chance to Smitty to participate in something he's been a part of.”

Since Boucher didn’t give a clear answer even to Smith until lunchtime on Monday, it’s not clear what the Lightning will do in Game 6 as Tampa Bay faces elimination at St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday.

“I have no expectations, right now,” Smith said. “The game just ended and I am kind of taking a deep breath. It is up to the coach now. I will be ready to go.”

Smith allowed two goals on 19 shots, neither routine as Nathan Horton and Bard Marchand scored in the second period.

“Just kind of a pass from the sidewall there to the high slot,” Smith said. “Horton got a pretty good shot on me. I think I could have gotten a better push across, but it was a tough play.

Roloson started the first 15 playoff games for the Lightning, although he was yanked in two of the last three games. Smith stopped 29 shots he faced in relief.

“We all have confidence in each of our goaltenders,” Lightning forward Steven Stamkos said. “It definitely wasn’t anything that Smitty could have done for us to win it. It falls on us. We had some defensive break downs. Smitty made some big saves when he had to and kept us in it. It is a coach’s decision and we are really confident with both.”

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:28 pm

Mike Smith gets start in Lightning net for Game 5

If Boston wins tonight then who do you start in game 6? 

They should stick to what works.  Start Roloson and close with Smith.

Great game so far!

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:02 pm

Mike Smith gets start in Lightning net for Game 5

Well, I get home and put the game on and Smith gets the start. Shows how much I know :) Go figure...

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:49 pm

Roloson preparing as if he's Game 5 starter

I wish I had your CONFIDENCE in DA' BRUINZ tonight ... I've been a fan for 35+ Years now ... And OMFG is it ever STRESSFUL watching the B's play ! lol - They just can't seem to put together 60 FULL MINUTES against anyone !??? ( with exception to a GREAT GAME 3 ) * Anyway .... STRESS starts in 90 minutes ! GO BRUINZ !!!!!!! *

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:49 pm

Roloson preparing as if he's Game 5 starter

this is this guys last run, he'll make the most of it and hes taken them this far. Look for him to not only start but be the best he can be

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:44 pm

Roloson preparing as if he's Game 5 starter

No doubt in my mind Roloson is going to start. Many goalkeeps have had a bad start to a game and get benched and the bench goaly comes in and saves the day. Smith has been fantastic in relief but he would be the first to tell you its Roly's team. Smith is a good card to play IF you have to.  The defence in front of Roloson needs to adjust and I dont see Rolo loosing his starting job based on 1 game. Should be a great game tonight.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:19 pm

Roloson preparing as if he's Game 5 starter

Who cares, they can stick anyone they want in there, because she is going to get smoked. Ha, ha, ha.Llater bolts!!!!!

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