Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Roloson back in Tampa goal for Game 6

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Dwayne Roloson will return to the Tampa net for Game 6. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images) Dwayne Roloson will return to the Tampa net for Game 6. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
After tabbing Mike Smith for the start in Game 5, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said Tuesday that he will go back to starting netminder Dwayne Roloson for Game 6.

Boucher compared the situation to how Cory Schneider spelled Roberto Luongo for one start during Vancouver's first-round series against Chicago.

"He's had tremendous stretches with us," Boucher said of Roloson. "I remember there was one time where it wasn't going so well. We gave him two days off, and he came back and was outstanding after.

"He's like everybody else. He's one of the hardest-working guys on our team. He puts in a lot of hours and a lot of time. He's like everybody else. At some point or another, he just needs to breathe a little bit."

Roloson was pulled in Game 4 after he let in a long-distance Patrice Bergeron short-handed shot through.

Smith allowed two goals on 19 shots in Game 5. He had little chance to turn back Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand on the goals that went in.

And goaltending wasn't the issue for the Lightning in the 3-1 Game 5 loss on Monday. Tampa didn't get enough from lead dogs Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. St. Louis had two shots in 21:28 of ice time. St. Louis couldn't lift Marchand's stick on the backcheck, which led to Boston's game-winning goal.

Lecavalier had four shots in 19:30 of ice time. The Bruins kept Lecavalier to the perimeter and didn't allow the captain to work his stuff down low.

Ryan Malone was also quiet in 16:38 of work. Malone landed two shots and didn't have the heavy net-front presence he submitted in Game 4.

"It falls on everybody," Boucher said when asked of his leadership group. "I hate to point guys out and say, 'It's you who's got to be the guy.' Everybody's been the guy with us at one moment or another. So tomorrow, it's a team thing. It can't be one guy taking all this pressure on his shoulders. It's everybody has got to lift a load together.

"We'll see who's going to come out big tomorrow, but somebody will."

Bruins look to end it in six

After last night's 3-1 win, Boston coach Claude Julien declared that his team's intention was not to play Game 7.

He reiterated his club's intention to close out the Lightning in Game 6 and advance to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1990.

"You have to have the mindset of winning Game 6," Julien said. "We talked about how we don't think ahead and we don't think of the past. We need to think of the present. Tomorrow is the opportunity to come up and play the best game we can. It's as simple as that."

The Bruins are not expected to make any lineup changes.

Bergenheim hurting

The Lightning don't know whether Sean Bergenheim will be available for Game 6. The No. 3 left wing played only 4:19 in the first period before being shut down because of an undisclosed injury.

"If it was today, right now he wouldn't be playing," Boucher said. "So we'll see tomorrow. I'll go to church, I think."

Bergenheim leads all playoff scorers with nine post-season goals. Bergenheim netted the tying goal in Game 4 after abusing Tomas Kaberle on the forecheck and beating Tim Thomas with a wraparound strike. St. Louis and Lecavalier double-shifted in Bergenheim's spot on the third line after his injury.

If Bergenheim can't play, Dana Tyrell could dress in his place. Tyrell didn't play in Game 5, giving way to Blair Jones. In the third period, Jones believed he had scored the game-tying goal, raising his arms after his close-range shot. But Jones's shot bonked off the right post.

Boychuk good to go

Johnny Boychuk will play in Game 6. Boychuk suffered a head injury in the third when Steve Downie thumped the defenceman into the glass. Boychuk needed help walking down the runway to the dressing room, and Downie was called for boarding.

"I was a little foggy," Boychuk said. "But after I got off the ice, I felt totally fine."

The league did not review Downie's hit.