March 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson (30) during a timeout against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. the Lightning defeated the Flyers, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Rolling Along Until The End

Tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Boston looking for their fourth straight win against the Bruins.  After the injury to Mathieu Garon, it was as if the Lightning had lost their wind, losing four of five games behind Dustin Tokarski.  Prior to the Garon injury, the Bolts were poised to take (and possibly hold) the eigth place in the Eastern Conference, punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Of course that sliver of a silver lining to this injury plagued season became lost as the team dropped four of five.  During this time General Manager Steve Yzerman signed G Sebastien Caron in order to send Tokarski back to the red-hot Norfolk Admirals.

In the midst of the Goalie musical chairs, Dwayne Roloson has taken charge of the crease for Tampa Bay the past three games and has looked as good as when he first became a Bolt.  Roloson has been leading the charge for the Lightning’s desire to finish the season strong and not “Fail for Nail.”  Over his last three starts he has posted a 2.66 GAA and a .928 Sv%, gaining 1st Star honors in the games against the Flyers and the Oilers.

In a season in which his detractors grew larger than his supporters, Dwayne Roloson has been able to fight through it all and regain his game, a sign of a true professional and of heart.  Roloson has said that he wishes to come back for another season, but I do not feel Steve Yzerman will be willing to make that gamble again once Roli’s contract is up this year.  However the cards my lay, it is great to see the “Old Man” playing well between the pipes once again.

“Him and Frantz [Jean (TBL G Coach)] worked really hard stabilizing his game and calming him down back to where it was before, and that’s what he looks like right now.  He’s calm in net and for a long time he tried to do so much.  He’s a character guy, he’s an emotional guy, and probably for a long time it wasn’t a lack of wanting to do well, it was the opposite. He wanted so bad that he probably overdid stuff and now he’s a lot calmer in his net.”

– Coach Guy Boucher

– Jim Courteau

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