Dwayne Roloson Provides Instant Dividends For the Tampa Bay Lightning

January 4th, 2011 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
He twisted, contorted and dove all over the ice, finding some way to put himself between the rubber disc and the back of the Tampa Bay Lightning net. Dwayne Roloson, the latest move by master maestro GM Steve Yzerman, showed his teammates that the 41-year-old netminder can still get the job done.

Roloson posted his first shutout of the season in his Tampa Bay debut, blanking Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on 34 shots.

As the two co-leaders of the Southeast Division traded body blows, it was Roloson who matched the 22-year-old Washington goalie Semyon Varlamov stop for stop.

Goose eggs abound through three periods, Roloson appeared to exhale a sigh of relief when Martin St. Louis deposited a rebound to give the Bolts a huge 1-0 overtime victory.

It put the Lightning alone atop the Southeast, but it means so much more.

In their previous two contests with the Caps, the Lightning were winless, having been outscored 12-3. It has to give the Lightning a measure of confidence that they've finally broken through against Washington.

Yzerman traded away minor leaguer Ty Wishart for Roloson, who was wastin ...

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