From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.
Here’s No. 9 — a 41-year-old goalie leads the comeback for the Lightning.
Dwayne Roloson was the unlikely hero in Tampa Bay’s surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals, and in no series was he better than the first-round match-up against Pittsburgh – a series that saw the Lightning fall behind 3-1 before winning the last three games, including a 1-0 victory in Game 7.
Roloson, then 41 years old, stopped all 36 shots in the deciding game at the CONSOL Energy Center. In the Lightning’s four victories, he allowed just five goals on 134 shots, good for a save percentage of .963.
“Obviously he was amazing once again,” teammate Steven Stamkos said of Roloson after Game 7. “He’s just defying the odds. He was our MVP for sure.”
Check back daily for the latest installment of PHT’s Top 10 moments of the 2011 playoffs.
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.