by Patrick Hoffman on 05/22/11 at 01:36 PM ET
After watching yesterday afternoon’s Game 4 between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, I am sure that many of you would go with Lightning back-up goaltender Mike Smith.
You folks would choose him with good reason. Smith stopped 21 of 21 Bruins’ shots and was also good in Game 2 after Roloson was pulled. Smith has looked calm and poised in net and has shown the coaching staff that he can be relied on when things get tough.
With that said, however, I am of the belief that you need to go with the guy that got you to this point. For the Lightning, that’s Dwayne Roloson.
At 9-5 with a 2.51 goals against average, a .925 save percentage, and 1 shutout, Roloson has been the man more often than not for the Lightning this postseason. He has made many big saves, has helped his team rally in this year’s postseason and has been extremely reliable.
Roloson obviously struggled in yesterday’s game as he would probably like to have two of those three goals back. There is no question about that.
However, since joining the Lightning, Roloson has brought this team a long way and it would only be right for head coach Guy Boucher to go right back to him for tomorrow night’s Game 5 in Boston.
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