Since being acquired midseason from the Islanders, Roloson has been the Lightning's No. 1 netminder. Boucher credited the 41-year-old keeper for Tampa Bay's success and explained his thinking about Mike Smith's Game 5 start.
"He was the guy that took us here and that's how I felt before last game," Boucher said of Roloson. "I felt like it was time to give him a little breather."
Roloson had started the first 15 of the Lightning's playoff games, but he has now had the last five-plus periods off. Roloson was yanked late in the first period of Game 4 after he allowed three goals on nine Bruins shots. Smith entered in relief and held the B's scoreless the rest of the game. That earned him a last-minute nod for Game 5, a 3-1 loss in Boston.
Smith allowed two goals on 19 shots in Game 5, but will find himself on the bench at the St. Pete Times Forum, at least for the start of Game 6 on Wednesday night. Roloson was also yanked in Game 2.
"I felt that Smitty played really well," Boucher said. "So it's a perfect situation to put Smitty in. If something were to go wrong in the previous game, put a new goaltender in for a do-or-die, I don't think it would have been a good moment for anybody."
-- Brian Stubits
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