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Bad luck strikes Bolts as Mathieu Garon leaves game

Mar 6, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

Dwayne Roloson, Mathieu Garon AP

Goalies seem like they’ve been dropping like flies lately, but at least they’re (mostly) doing so in the line of duty.

From Tuukka Rask to Niklas Backstrom, making saves has become a dangerous proposition. The Tampa Bay Lightning must be biting their nails regarding the status of Mathieu Garon, who seemed to tweak something in the first period of tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

If Garon ends up being sidelined anywhere near as long as Rask and Backstrom, the Lightning will be forced to turn to someone who should have been their starting goalie in the first place: Dwayne Roloson.

The 42-year-old goalie has been an absolute disaster this season, with sub-NHL individual numbers (.880 save percentage, 3.76 GAA) and an 8-12-2 record.

That being said, his up-and-down career’s best moments seem to come when people expect little of him, so maybe he’ll provide one more burst of magic to help Tampa Bay continue its improbable playoff push.

Of course, this could all be a false alarm, but other teams haven’t been so lucky lately.

  1. gotampabay52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Go get a goalie or pack up the season. so bleepin close to making the playoffs

  2. ruddigervancity - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Hope Turco bought a refundable ticket to Boston…

  3. gotampabay52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Take any goalie at this point, Roli is too old.

  4. gotampabay52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Thanks Roli 6 goals you let go on bye ya. killing us last yr in the league buddy

  5. gotampabay52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    7 goals roli enough is enough please ref blow the horn end this maddness

  6. danphipps01 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    So, um, about that Marty Turco thing…

  7. rca26 - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    If Garon is done, Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, like Roloson’s skill, are expired. Thank God Yzerman sold at the deadline.

    I do have to say, in a masochistic way, that bringing Turco in as a youth infusion is deliciously and cruelly ironic.

  8. lsxphotog - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Roloson looked like a peewee goaltender more than a few times last night and couldn’t seem to keep a handle on his damn stick…then almost refused to pick it up even when the play was at the other end of the ice? It was like he deliberately threw the game. I mean he knows the team and city have no confidence in him, and his performance last night was sad. Even with his poor performance the Lightning were in the game until a textbook bad call on Stamkos for goaltender interference when he never actually touched the goalie or impacted his ability to make a save. The bad call resulted in a quick goal that took them right out of the game. Then they just left Roloson on the bench for two empty net goals. Guy Boucher was absolutely pissed last night and said “This is where I either get fined or I don’t get fined by the league…” haha

    Tampa is in a tough spot now. If they can’t come up with a goaltender solution ASAP the season is 100% over for them.

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