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BOSTON -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are preparing for Game 7 as though Sean Bergenheim, a key depth player with nine playoff goals this spring, will miss his second consecutive game.
"Well, he's seeing our doctors again today, and he's going to have another evaluation tonight and tomorrow morning, and we'll see," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said Thursday afternoon in Boston. "But right now, it doesn't necessarily look like something positive for us."
Bergenheim missed most of Game 4 with a lower-body injury. He skated briefly without equipment before Game 6 on Wednesday but did not play.
It was no surprise, but Boucher did reconfirm that Dwayne Roloson would start in goal for Game 7. Roloson allowed four goals on 20 shots in Game 6, this after being given a rest in Game 5. Although Roloson, 41, might not have been as dominant as he has shown at times this postseason, Boucher pointed out that he did exactly what his team needed him to do Wednesday night: not let in another goal in the Lightning's 5-4 win that kept their season alive.
"You know, if you look at the last six minutes of the game, he was right there and holding the fort," Boucher said Thursday. "That's what he's done since he's been with us. So whether it's during the season or in the playoffs, he's held the fort in those times. I know him. He's a competitor, and tomorrow's a great day to compete."
Roloson is 7-0 in elimination games in his career, but he said he pays no attention to those stats.
"Because those numbers are not about me; it's about my teammates that I have played with and that I'm playing with now," Roloson said. "So, realistically, it has zero to do with me. It's about what they've done in front of me to allow our teams to win."
As for Wednesday's performance, the netminder said he cares only about the outcome.
"I don't really look at my performance. For me, it's about team. It's always been about team, and we won, and that's, for us, all that matters," he said.
There was a lot of discussion around the Lightning camp about whether the home team or visiting team faces the most pressure in a Game 7 situation. In the first round, the Bruins beat Montreal at home in overtime in Game 7, while the Lightning went into Pittsburgh in Game 7 and shut them out 1-0.
"You just have to have that mindset, the ice is going to be the ice. The nets are going to be where the nets are, and you just go play," Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis said. "I don't know where the pressure's on. I'm not worried about it. We're just trying to bring in our best game."
Having played in a number of deciding games in his career, including one in which the Lightning won a Stanley Cup in 2004, St. Louis relishes the opportunity.
"I get fired up for them," he said.
Still, he acknowledged you have to be able to channel that emotion.
"You've got to. It's a fine line."