TAMPA — Bruins players always say it doesn’t matter who’s playing in goal for the other team because their offensive approach is always the same.
Well, they’ve certainly had their share of practice against numerous goaltenders.
After facing a rotation of Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky in the second round against Philadelphia, it looked like the Bruins would just get a steady dose of Dwayne Roloson in the Eastern Conference Final with Tampa Bay. That was until the Bruins chased Roloson twice in the first four games and then faced Mike Smith in last night’s Game 5 win.
Now the Lightning appear ready to spin the wheel again back to Roloson, who head coach Guy Boucher announced as his Game 6 starter today. The Bruins go for the series clinch tomorrow night in that game at the St. Pete Times Forum.
“Well, I mean, he was the guy that took us here, and that’s how I felt before last game; but like I said, I felt like it was time to give him a little breather,” said Boucher. “And at the same time I felt that Smitty played really well. So it’s a perfect situation to put Smitty in. If something were to go wrong in the previous game, put a new goaltender in for a do-or-die, I don’t think it would have been a good moment for anybody.
“So this is a perfect situation. He’s going to be the only rested guy in the two teams.”
Smith made 17 saves on 19 shots in Game 5 and for the series has stopped 46 of 48 shots (.958 save percentage). Roloson has stopped just 81 of 94 shots (.862) in this series in his four starts — one win and two losses.