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Roloson earns another shutout as Bolts blank Leafs

Wednesday, 01.26.2011 / 12:15 AM / Roundup

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Roloson earns another shutout as Bolts blank Leafs
Dwayne Roloson earned his third shutout in 10 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, stopping 26 shots as the Bolts beat Toronto 2-0 on Tuesday.
He's played just 10 games as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Dwayne Roloson already has three shutouts with his new club.

Roloson -- acquired on New Year's Day from the New York Islanders -- made 26 saves in his third shutout in 10 games this month, Teddy Purcell had a goal and an assist, and the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

"I've forgotten what the score was," Roloson said. "I know we won, and that's all that matters to me."

"He's been in the League this long for a reason," Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said of the 41-year-old Roloson. "If he sees the puck, like any goalie in the League, he's going to stop it. Tonight he played well, but we didn't generate a lot in the first to really test him any."

Simon Gagne also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have opened a 12-game homestand with consecutive victories. Purcell has five points in the past two games, including three assists on Sunday.

"We wanted to build off that last game we had," Purcell said. "We're rolling a little bit right now."

Toronto All-Star forward Phil Kessel had his goal drought reach seven games despite having six shots. The Maple Leafs completed a stretch of five games in seven days with a 1-4-0 record, including losses in the final three contests.

Gagne put the Lightning up 1-0 with his third goal over the past two games at 5:11 of the first. Purcell made it 2-0 with a power-play rebound at 12:44.

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer stopped 15 of 17 shots -- including a pair of breakaways by Martin St. Louis -- in the opening 20 minutes.

"They were all over us. We didn't have the answer, except Reims kept us in the game," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "The second and third period, I thought we played really well."

Reimer finished with 29 saves.

"They're a skilled team," he said. "We found that out in the first. They've got a bunch of players that can shoot the puck and make plays."

Toronto had almost as many penalties (three) as shots (four) during the first. The Maple Leafs went without a shot in the second half of the period.

The Maple Leafs outshot Tampa Bay 13-4 during a scoreless second. Roloson made several quality saves, including an in-close chance by Tyler Bozak.

"We're very happy with what's going on with our goaltenders," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said.

Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos, the NHL scoring leader, had a six-game point streak (7 goals, 10 points) snapped. He enters the All-Star break with 38 goals and 67 points, tops in the NHL in both categories.

Penguins 1, Islanders 0 | HIGHLIGHTS

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 29 shots he faced as Pittsburgh blanked New York at the Consol Energy Center.

It was the Pens' fifth win in their last six games -- all without Sidney Crosby -- and second in three games with both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out due to injury.

Long known for their offense, the Penguins have allowed only nine goals in this six-game hot stretch as they head into the All-Star break, having not allowed more than two in any one of those games.

Pittsburgh insists it isn't approaching these tight, low-scoring games any differently than it had even when its offense was stocked with all-world talent.

"I don't think we've really changed much, to be honest," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "Some guys are maybe getting more ice time and playing different roles like power play and whatnot, but we're playing the exact same way.

"We're not playing any more defensive, but I think guys are just maybe buckled down a little more and their focus is a little better."

Fourth-liner Craig Adams ended the scoreless drought with his third goal of the season at 8:35 of the third period off a rebound of an Arron Asham shot for the Penguins, who have won 10 consecutive home games against New York.

Fleury's 18th career shutout was the second this season in which Pittsburgh scored only once. The Penguins have played nine straight games without Crosby, who finally just lost his grip on the NHL scoring lead. They are 5-3-1 since he began sitting due to the effects of a concussion.

The Penguins have won two of the most recent three without Malkin (knee, sinus infection), who, it was announced Tuesday, like Crosby, would miss the All-Star game this weekend in Raleigh, N.C.

"We're a better team with Sid and Geno, that's no secret," Adams said. "But it shouldn't change the way we play."

Adams' goal came at the end of a sequence that began with a shot from the point by Ben Lovejoy. Asham got the rebound from the left circle, and Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin made a save.

The rebound bounced off the stick of Dustin Jeffrey to Adams, who was open in the slot.
Adams' shot beat Poulin low to the stick side on the left side of the net.

"It just kind was bouncing everywhere and I was screened and it hit someone," Poulin said. "Sometimes it's hard to stop those."

The Islanders fell to 1-3 in a stretch of five games in seven days that concludes at home against Carolina on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh was held to two goals or fewer for the fifth time in nine games without Crosby. But Fleury improved to 22-5-2 in his past 29 starts. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of them -- but his only other shutout in that span came Nov. 24 at Buffalo.

"It seems like the last couple of games I couldn't get a shutout, so it was a treat to finally get one," Fleury said.

Among Fleury's best saves were when he stretched to stop Frans Nielsen with his pad with 2 minutes left in the first. Then, with about 5 minutes left in the second, Fleury stopped Blake Comeau's redirection. The All-Star also withstood a late flurry by New York in the final minute and an extra attacker on.

"He's just had a long period of time where's he's been really solid and the backbone of our team," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Poulin made 30 saves, keeping the Islanders -- who have lost four of five -- in the game.

"I thought Kevin controlled his rebounds really well and it looked like he was seeing the puck pretty good tonight," Islanders interim coach Jack Capuano said.

Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist, and All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller made 35 saves for his NHL-leading 25th win as Anaheim held on to beat Columbus at Nationwide Arena in the last game for both teams before the midseason showcase.

"Obviously, we've played a lot of hockey," Selanne said. "I always think the break is good, but the team has played well lately. Even those nights when we haven't played that well we've still found a way to win the games. That's a sign of a good team."

Another positive for a club is winning one-goal games, something the Ducks have done six straight times.

Cam Fowler and Jason Blake also scored for Anaheim, which has won 10 of 13.

"We've played a lot of hockey so far so we definitely could use that break," Hiller said. "Some guys, especially on this trip, have been playing lots of minutes. On the other hand, we're feeling it right now."

Lubomir Visnovsky and Saku Koivu each added two assists for the Ducks, who won consecutive road games for the first time in six weeks.

Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, who entered on a five-game point streak but couldn't come back from a two-goal deficit for a third straight game. Grant Clitsome added two assists and Steve Mason made 19 saves for Columbus.

With the Ducks leading 2-1 in the third period, Blake, an 11-year veteran playing in his 800th career game, stepped from behind the net and flicked a backhand shot over Mason's far shoulder. His 200th career goal and 10th of the season gave Anaheim its second two-goal lead at 4:38.

Brassard countered for Columbus five minutes later, putting home a rebound after a faceoff win for his 12th.

"We gave them some chances to come back but we found a way to win," said Hiller, who shut the door down the stretch.

The team's solid play is a prerequisite for the next step, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

"That's what's required to qualify for the playoffs," he said. "If you look at the success we've had and the points that we've been able to earn, it hasn't really given us any breathing room with that record. It's tight and it's going to be tight. It's going to be a dogfight every game."

An early five-minute boarding penalty on Columbus' Derek Dorsett for slamming All-Star Corey Perry face-first into the glass led to a quick 2-0 lead for the Ducks, who own the League's second-best power play.

"It was a tough start there giving up two goals right away," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "Hiller was outstanding and we had a lot of opportunities to get that game evened up when it was 2-1. We played hard. We got behind the 8-ball, but didn't stop playing."

Selanne, cutting toward the crease, converted a slick backhand pass from Bobby Ryan on a rush for his 15th goal at 4:12 of the first.

Fowler, a rookie, followed 61 seconds later with his fifth on a heavy shot from the left point.
Late in the period, Columbus pulled within one on the man advantage.

Clitsome kept the puck in the zone at the blue line before Nash scored on a wrist shot from the hash marks for his 23rd at 17:42.

The teams skated to a scoreless second period, firing 12 shots apiece. Both goalies made superb saves and there were several near misses.

Early in the period, Visnovsky cleared the puck from the goal mouth as it slid toward the net following Jakub Voracek's shot. Later, Columbus coughed up the puck in its zone and Perry clanged an open shot off the post.

"The guys put it on the line," Carlyle said. "Our guys have worked extremely hard to get themselves into the position we're in. We're having some fun right now winning some hockey games and we're winning them different ways."

Sabres 3, Senators 2 (OT) | HIGHLIGHTS

Shaone Morrisonn scored his first goal of the season 1:59 into overtime to lead Buffalo past Ottawa at Scotiabank Place.

Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, who have won four of five. Buffalo, 10th overall in the East with 51 points, is within four points of the conference's final playoff spot thanks to a 9-3-1 run.

"It's huge for us to be in the hunt going into the break," said Morrisonn, who beat Brian Elliott for his first goal in nearly a year after Ottawa tied it with 6:04 left in regulation.

The veteran defenseman scored for the first time in 60 games dating to last Jan. 27, when he scored his only goal in 68 games with Washington last season.

Paul Byron got his first NHL goal midway through the first and Jochen Hecht scored later in the opening period to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead.

Sergei Gonchar pulled Ottawa even with a power-play goal 13:56 into the third. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff stood atop the bench and argued to no avail after Gonchar's point shot found the back of the net while Nick Foligno collided with Miller as the Senators' left wing battled for position with defenseman Andrej Sekera.

"I think in all fairness if the referees got a second look at it they would realize that Miller wasn't allowed to make the save," Ruff said. "He was bumped before the puck got there and the goalie just has to be allowed to make the save. It's a tough call. They read it a little bit different. They don't have an opportunity to take a second look at it."

Miller expressed his displeasure with the referees' explanation of what they saw.

"They said the puck was in before I was interfered with," Miller said. "I obviously strongly disagree with that version of what happened on the ice, and I let them know that."

Byron, an Ottawa native who was recalled from Portland of the AHL on Saturday, tied it at 1 midway through the first for his second point in two games. Hecht put the Sabres ahead 2-1 with his eighth at 15:49.

Chris Kelly scored earlier in the first for Ottawa, which lost its seventh in a row at Scotiabank Place. The Senators, who have 42 points in 50 games, are 13th overall in the East.

"We've just got to keep pushing," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "It's still a matter of us not scoring enough to really make it easier on ourselves and we're going to have to find a way to put more pucks in the net or it's going to be the same thing, a lot of tight games or we'll be behind."

The home losing streak is the Senators' longest at the arena, and the team's worst home skid in 15 years to the day. Ottawa lost 10 in a row from Nov. 30, 1995 to Jan. 25, 1996, including its last six games at the Civic Centre and first four games in its new home, originally named the Palladium.

Elliott made 22 saves but has lost 11 in a row (0-7-4).

Kelly gave Ottawa an early 1-0 lead with his 11th goal, a highlight-reel effort 4:28 in.

Foligno stripped the puck off Morrisonn at the Sabres' blue line, setting up a 2-on-1 for Kelly and Alfredsson. Buffalo's Tyler Myers left the goal mouth open as he backed away to cut off a passing lane to Alfredsson and Kelly held the puck as he cut in front of Miller before reaching around to shoot past the sprawled goalie.

Byron drew Buffalo even at 10:05 with a determined effort. The 5-foot-9 forward drove the left side and got behind Ottawa's Zack Smith to redirect Tyler Ennis' centering pass beyond Elliott for his first goal. The 21-year-old Byron, who played his junior hockey across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que., had an assist in his debut against the Islanders in Sunday's win at New York.

"I had all my family here and all my friends and guys I played hockey with throughout the years, so I probably had about 40-50 people here tonight," Byron said.

Panthers 4, Rangers 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Mike Weaver scored the winning goal with 8:19 left on a shot that was going wide, but instead found its way past surprised goalie Henrik Lundqvist after hitting Rangers forward Artem Anisimov as Florida edged New York at Madison Square Garden.

For NHL.com's full recap, click here.

Oilers 4, Coyotes 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves as Edmonton beat Phoenix at Jobing.com Arena.

For NHL.com's full recap, click here.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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