Bruins-Bolts: Dwayne Roloson will start
May, 24, 2011
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- No mysteries or gamesmanship when it comes to who will start in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a do-or-die Game 6: Dwayne Roloson.
After resting Roloson in Game 5, a 3-1 loss that gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 series lead, Tampa head coach Guy Boucher said Tuesday that Roloson would start ahead of Mike Smith.
Smith relieved Roloson in Games 2 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals and got his first playoff start in Game 5. He has played well, stopping 46 of 48 shots, but Boucher said he isn't hesitating to go back to Roloson, who started all 15 Lightning postseason games before Monday's game.
"Well, I mean, he was the guy that took us here, and that's how I felt before last game, but like I said, I felt like it was time to give him a little breather," Boucher said. "And at the same time, I felt that Smitty played really well. So it's a perfect situation to put Smitty in.
"He's going to be the only rested guy in the two teams," Boucher said of Roloson after the Lightning's charter jet landed in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon.
Roloson was lifted after allowing five goals in the second period of Game 2 and after allowing three goals in the first period of Game 4.
"He's had tremendous stretches with us," Boucher said. "And I remember there was one time where it wasn't going so well. We gave him two days off, and he came back and he was outstanding after. So he's like everybody else. He's one of the hardest-working guys on our team. He puts in a lot of hours and a lot of time. And he's like everybody else, at some point or another, just needs to breathe a little bit."
Lightning not hopeful for Bergenheim's returnThings don't look too promising for the return of playoff goal-scoring leader Sean Bergenheim, who played only 4:19 in Game 5 before leaving with an injury.
"If it was today, right now he wouldn't be playing. So we'll see tomorrow. I'll go to church, I think," Boucher said.
Bergenheim, Steve Downie and Dominic Moore have formed a dangerous trio throughout these playoffs, and Bergenheim's loss would put even more pressure on the Lightning's top players, Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. Those three have combined for just one goal and two assists in the past three playoff games.
"You know what, it falls on everybody," Boucher said. "I hate to point guys out and say it's 'You've got to be the guy and you've got to be the guy.' Everybody's been the guy with us at one moment or another. So tomorrow, it's a team thing. It can't be one guy taking all this pressure on his shoulders.
"It's everybody has got to lift a load together, and we'll see who is going to come out big tomorrow, but somebody will."
Power-play surprisesNeither team's power play has been especially productive in this series. That's not a shock given that Boston went an entire seven-game series against Montreal without bothering to score with the man advantage. But the Lightning's inability to take advantage on the power play is one of the main reasons they face elimination in Game 6.
Tampa was 0-for-4 in Game 5 and 0-for-9 in its past three games. It's 2-for-18 in the series.
"I mean, last night the power play was disappointing," St. Louis said Tuesday. "We could have pulled away, maybe, get a two-goal lead. We didn't. We didn't do the job. And I'm sure we'll address that and get it turned around tomorrow."