We’re just under five hours until the puck drops on Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals — Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here, last minute, Tampa Bay Sports and Lightning Examiner Althea Pashman comes through in the clutch and answers a couple of pregame questions:
Mark Marino: How do you think Roloson will bounce back from his sub-par and uncharacteristicsix goals-against game — and being pulled after 40 minutes — tonight in Game 3 at home?
Althea Pashman: Roloson will have no problem bouncing back – he’s done it before. Four times this season, he had given up five or more goals and every time he won his next game. Following a game against the Hurricanes, in which he gave up five goals, he then went on to win five straight. Roli has been resilient all season, so there is no reason for him not to bounce back.
MM: With Patrice Bergeron — second-line — back in the lineup tonight, and with the resurgance of the B’s offense — particularly Tyler Seguin and the 3rd line — how will Boucher offset the scoring lines of Boston and manage his shut-down lines against tonight?
AP: The biggest adjustment for the Bolts will be getting back to their ‘structure/system’ that was missing for most of Game 2. The major issue was not winning face-offs and of course, if Bergeron returns, that makes the Bruins better – so, winning the face-offs and getting the offensive jump is one. Secondly, is that the Bolts must make the right move at the right time – not jump before hand, causing the odd-man rushes and giving the Bruins the scoring opportunities. Finally, to stay out of the penalty box. Even though the PK is still tops, the Bolts were lucky that the Bruins didn’t score more.