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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