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Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 9:22 pm
 



Guy Boucher's goalie flip-flop continues as the Lightning coach announced he will return to Dwayne Roloson in net for Game 6

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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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

@HateBoston&LA , that is entirely to much hate.........

Redsox 2 World Titles in the 2000's and will contend for another.
New England 3 Super Bowls and played in a 4th in the 2000's (I'm a Cowboy fan myself)
Celtics 1 title and played in another in the last 4 years
Bruins will be playing for a championship this year and no canadain team still want have the cup.

Now I love all but New England and to say Boston is poor is just too much hating. Where ur rings at?


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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

The Bruins are starting Lucic in net. "he is the reason we have come this far"
goodbye Tampa



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

Teams always do this, probably pressure from management. Can't have the higher-paid #1 goalie riding the pine, it makes everyone look like they didn't know what they were doing when they gave him the #1 spot. They'll explain it by saying "it creates bad chemistry in the room" or some other bafflegab. I think the same thing happened in Montreal, because logically, Halak won that job from Price. Sure Halak didn't play as well in St. Loius, but that's introducing some new variables; there's no telling how he would have played if he'd been allowed to start as #1 in Montreal. Not that Price isn't a great goalie, just saying that's what happens with these situations. Managers and owners don't like to look like fools, even if they are fools.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

Guy Boucher's goalie flip-flop continues as the coach announced he will return to for Game 6, according to the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson.

Since being acquired midseason from the , Roloson has been the Lightning's No. 1 netminder. Boucher credited the 41-year-old keeper for Tampa Bay's success this year after Game 4.

"He's taken us to this place right now. And that's the reason why we're here."

That came on the heels of Roloson being pulled in the first period of Game 4, allowing three goals on nine shots. 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.

"I found out right before I went back to the hotel for lunch," Smith said. "I think the coach hung on to it as long as he could and, obviously, I was surprised."

This time at least the starter will have an idea in advance of the do-or-die game back in Tampa

Roloson, is, was and will always be a mediocre goalie. He was horrid in both game 3 and 4, yet he gets another start? What did Smith do to get benched? Good-bye Tampa. Next season get a real goalie.

Tampa got where they are because of their offense. Roloson is a guy who pitches a shutout, then gives up 6 goals in 2 periods. Boucher is grasping at straws.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

It was a ludicrous decision to bench him. Smh.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

As the Lonely Island says, "I got my flippy-floppies!"

What is Boucher doing? They went to Mike Smith last night because obviously they felt he was giving the team the best chance to win. And he goes out and plays a solid game, giving up only 2 goals, and then is benched in favor of going back to Roloson? I can't find the logic in this.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Lightning returning to Roloson for Game 6

It begs the question: Why start Mike Smith in place of Dwayne Roloson at all then ? 

Switching between goalies at this late stage and offering pathetic excuses is reminiscient of Philly and Peter Laviolette always changing goalies this post-season.  Either Roloson's the guy, and you're confident in him, or you're not.  There's no middle ground.  Going back to Roloson at this point looks like desperation.


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