When it comes to coming up big in must-win scenarios in the postseason, there aren't many who can match Dwanye Roloson. The 41-year-old goalie made 36 saves for his second playoff shutout, Sean Bergenheim scored, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Penguins, 1-0, in Game 7 last night in Pittsburgh.
"It really didn't have anything to do with me; it was all about our guys," said Roloson, acquired from the Islanders Jan. 1. "They did everything humanly possible to prevent them from getting a quality [shot]."
Roloson is one of two goalies with a 6-0 record in elimination games. He also won three straight in 2003 when he led the Minnesota Wild to a comeback against the Vancouver Canucks in the second round.
Playing its first Game 7 on the road, the Lightning were the first team this year to win a series after trailing 3-1. Tampa Bay is 3-0 in Game 7s.
In the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the No. 5 seed Lightning will face the top-seeded Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Penguins lost their second straight Game 7 and fell to 2-6 in such deciding games at home.
The Bruins were 0-for-21 on the power play in the series, but it didn't matter.
The Canadiens won the first two games in Boston to put the Bruins into a hole they had never been able to recover from. The Bruins were 0-26 in series after falling behind 0-2.
Boston will open the conference semifinals in Philadelphia on Saturday with a chance to avenge last year's epic collapse against the Flyers. The Bruins led that series 3-0 before Philadelphia came back to force a deciding game. In Game 7 in Boston, the Bruins led 3-0 before losing, 4-3.