MacT won't say who'll start; Roloson has MCL sprain

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Oilers coach Craig MacTavish joked with reporters at the start of Tuesday's news conference, saying, "I'd just like to start by saying no questions on goaltending."

But that's all anyone could talk about at the Stanley Cup finals.

After an MRI on Tuesday morning, Dwayne Roloson told reporters he has a "third-degree MCL [sprain]" and confirmed that he is definitely out for the rest of the playoffs.

"It's a part of sports," Roloson said. "And unfortunately for me, it's the wrong time for me personally [to get hurt]. You can't feel sorry for yourself. You can't really feel sorry for anything else.

"I hope my role doesn't change," Roloson added. "Obviously, it's changed a little bit where I won't be on the ice, but still, I'll do whatever it takes to try and help our guys win."

Roloson, who had played every minute of Edmonton's surprising playoff run, was hurt in the third period of a 5-4 loss to Carolina. With the pace frantic and the score 4-4, Hurricanes rookie forward Andrew Ladd carried the puck into the Edmonton zone and cut across in the front of the net. He was met there by trailing defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, who unloaded a big hit from behind that drove Ladd into Roloson with 5:54 remaining and knocked the net off its moorings.

Now, the Oilers will choose between either Ty Conklin or Jussi Markkanen.

Both goalies participated in Tuesday's practice, but MacTavish did not say who would start in Wednesday's Game 2.

Said MacTavish: "I'm not going to get into what I'm telling, what I've told, what the situation is, what the goaltending will be. We'll just leave it at that."

Conklin, who replaced Roloson in Game 1 and whose misplayed puck led to Rod Brind'Amour's winning goal, hadn't played since the regular-season finale April 17, when he allowed two goals on 18 shots in Edmonton's 4-2 victory over Colorado. That snapped a 19-game stretch of inactivity for Conklin, whose previous appearance was March 7 against Dallas. Conklin has also been bothered by a strained groin during the season and made two trips to the minors
trying to get back into playing shape.

Markkanen sat out the last 23 games of the regular season -- not even dressing 11 times. He has not seen game action since Feb. 12.

In late October, Markkanen was lifted after he gave up three goals on 13 shots. Conklin took over in the nets, only to give up four goals on 11 shots in the second period. Markkanen returned to
play the final 20 minutes of a 7-1 loss to Colorado, with both
goalies hearing plenty of boos from the home crowd.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.