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Dwayne Roloson, Sean Bergenheim making money this postseason

 The two former Islanders are two big reasons why the Lightning is two wins away from the Eastern Conference final.

Roloson, who has shown a playful side in interviews that he had a hard time letting out during his season-plus on the Island -- his response to a dopey question after his Game 7 shutout of the Penguins on Wednesday was priceless -- is providing the edge in the Lightning-Caps series with his acrobatic goaltending.

Henrik Lundqvist was fairly blameless on the 14 goals he allowed in the Rangers' five-game loss to the Caps, but he never stole a game; Roloson is showing how to do that this series.

Sean Bergenheim, who never was able to consistently meet Scott Gordon's high standards as an Islander, has found a niche with the equally demanding Guy Boucher and is finding the scoresheet in the playoffs, with game-winners in Games 6 and 7 over Pittsburgh and four goals overall in the postseason after 14 in the regular season.

Thanks in part to former Ranger Dominic Moore, another journeyman who's established himself with Tampa, Bergenheim is playing a strong two-way game.

The biggest similarity between Roloson and Bergenheim is that both will be unrestricted free agents in July. Roloson seems to be a must for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman to re-sign -- Tampa has Cedrick Desjardins in the minors, but no ready-made No. 1 goaltender. Roloson is making $2.5-million; despite being 41, it's hard to see how he won't get a two-year deal for at least that much and likely more.

Bergenheim is 27 and making $700,000. He won't break anyone's bank considering he's a 15-20 goal a year guy at best, but his newly found sandpapery edge means he could be a sought-after guy July 1. Don't be surprised if the Rangers take a long look at him if he reaches free agency.

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