Dwayne Roloson in goal.It's win or go home Friday for Tampa Bay. That's why the Lightning will be glad to have
No one has been better in elimination games than "Rolie the Goalie." Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston will be the eighth elimination game in his NHL career -- and he's won the first seven, including Thursday's 5-4 victory that pushed the series to the limit.
That was Roloson's fourth win in as many games this year when his team faced the prospect of going home if it lost -- the first three came in the opening round against Pittsburgh. He also went 3-0 in elimination games for Minnesota in 2003, winning Games 5, 6 and 7 in the Western Conference Semifinals against Vancouver. The 7-0 mark in elimination games equals the record set by the Islanders' Glenn "Chico" Resch, who won his first seven such games in 1975. (A bad omen for Roloson: Resch lost the eighth, in the same circumstances -- when a win would have gotten his team into the Final.)