Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Signs point to Roloson for Game 5

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Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson, left, celebrates with teammate Mike Smith Saturday after they defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3. Lightning coach Guy Boucher wouldn't tip his hat on which netminder would get the starting nod for Game 5. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson, left, celebrates with teammate Mike Smith Saturday after they defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3. Lightning coach Guy Boucher wouldn't tip his hat on which netminder would get the starting nod for Game 5. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Signs point to Roloson, but nothing firm from Boucher

The Lightning held an optional morning skate at TD Garden, and all indications signaled that Dwayne Roloson will start in goal for Game 5 Monday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m.ET). Roloson was the first goalie off the ice after the skate. Like most starting goalies choose to do, Roloson opted not to comment to the media.

But when asked directly if Roloson will be his starting netminder tonight, Guy Boucher didn't answer the question.

"He's preparing like usual," Boucher said.

Smith earned his first career post-season win in Game 4. Smith relieved Roloson after Patrice Bergeron scored a long-distance, short-handed goal at 17:58 of the first period. Smith turned back all 21 pucks that came his way.

If Roloson gets the nod tonight, it would mark the 41-year-old's 16th start of the post-season.

Julien gives Kaberle vote of confidence

Tomas Kaberle didn't submit a sterling performance in Game 4. On the game-tying goal, Kaberle coughed up the puck behind the Boston net after Sean Bergenheim pummelled him on the forecheck.

Kaberle was also one of the quarterbacks on the failing power play. Early in the second, when the Bruins could have put the game out of reach, the power play went scoreless on two occasions.

But with Shane Hnidy and rookie Steven Kampfer the only candidates to replace Kaberle, the ex-Leaf defenceman will remain in tonight's lineup.

"If you know the game well enough, you would understand there's some experience back there," Julien said. "You've got to also think, 'Is the guy coming in a better player than Kaberle?' Some people wanted certain players out of the lineup earlier on. Our patience paid off. I don't know why we've decided we should be taking him out of the lineup when there's other players too that have struggled."

Julien noted that Kaberle wasn't the only player at fault on Bergenheim's wraparound goal. Adam McQuaid, Kaberle's partner, was slow to take away the front of the net. David Krejci, whose turnover led to Dominic Moore's dump-in, didn't seal off Bergenheim once he won the puck. And Tim Thomas could have stopped Bergenheim's shot.

"That second goal, maybe he loses the puck, but our system calls for support on that," Julien said. "Our support wasn't there. According to our system, he's not the only one to blame. The last winning goal, he blocks a shot, makes a great play, he's trying to get off the ice, and we turn the puck over. So do we keep blaming Kaberle?

"I think people are a little hard on this guy. I'm one of those guys that's going to support him. I'm one of those guys that's going to keep him in the lineup, in case you want to know. And he's going to be a good part of our hockey team. We got him because we believe in him."

Downie improving

Steve Downie didn't play in the third period of Game 4 after being walloped into the St. Pete Times Forum boards by Nathan Horton. Downie, who was called for diving on the play (Horton was tagged with roughing), needed help getting off the ice.

Boucher said Downie was feeling better this morning, but didn't say whether the third-line right wing would be available tonight.

"He's doing better this morning," Boucher said. "But better and ready to go don't necessarily mean the same thing. At least it's better. There's something positive about that."

If Downie can't play, Dana Tyrell would see more minutes. Blair Jones would dress as the 12th forward.

Expected Bruins lineup

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Expected Lightning lineup

Teddy Purcell-Vincent Lecavalier-Martin St. Louis
Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Simon Gagne
Sean Bergenheim-Dominic Moore-Steve Downie
Dana Tyrell-Nate Thompson-Adam Hall

Eric Brewer-Mattias Ohlund
Brett Clark-Victor Hedman
Mike Lundin-Marc-Andre Bergeron

Dwayne Roloson
Mike Smith