Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bruins make life tough on goalie Roloson
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- One of the biggest things lacking from the Bruins' attack in their Game 1 loss to the Lightning was a net-front presence. With big wingers like Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, the Bruins thrive on creating traffic in front of the net and making life miserable for opposing goalies, but in Game 1, Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson had it easy.
The aging Dwayne Roloson has struggled this season, so goaltending is obviously on Tampa's wish list.
It was clear from the start of Game 2, however, that wouldn’t be the case. Lucic and Horton were throwing their bodies around and creating enough havoc to knock Roloson off his game. He allowed an uncharacteristic five goals on 27 shots before being pulled after the Bruins' five-goal second period in their 6-5 win Tuesday night, which evened the Eastern Conference finals at one.
“Well, I think that was sort of our -- and we talked about that openly, that we didn’t do a very good job in Game 1 of getting some traffic in front of those guys, in front of [Dwayne] Roloson -- and consequently, he’s a really good goaltender and everybody knows that,” Julien said. “He’s a guy that I think everybody has respected for a long time for what he’s done and how his career has evolved, and when you give him an opportunity to see the puck he is going to stop it.
"Tonight, personally, I think we did a great job in front of him I don’t think we would fault him at all for the goals. ... Certainly he’s played well for them, I’m sure he’s going to continue to play well for them, and we are going to have to keep challenging him if we plan on continuing to win some games here.”
Lucic didn’t register a point but he did his job creating space. Horton, meanwhile, scored a goal and had two assists. But points a side, Horton, Lucic and the forwards did their job creating traffic and allowing shots to get through.
“That’s huge when we have that traffic in front and get shots through,” said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who had two helpers. “It just makes it tougher on the goalie and allows scoring chances.”