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Dwayne Roloson staying focused, positive while sitting for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA — G Dwayne Roloson has played in just one of the Lightning's past eight games and just 10 of the past 31.

It is clearly no fun for Roloson, who was signed to be the team's No. 1, to be relegated to No. 2 behind Mathieu Garon. But Roloson is not rocking the boat.

"You're always disappointed when you're not playing, but you can't focus on that," he said. "You can't focus on the individual part of it. You have to focus on doing whatever you can to help us get better."

Roloson, 42, the league's oldest player who during the summer signed a one-year, $3 million deal, is 7-10-2 in 24 games. His 3.65 goals-against average entered Saturday last in the league among goalies with at least 10 games. His .882 save percentage was third worst.

That said, he played well in his last game, a 4-3 win Jan. 21 over the Coyotes in which he made 33 saves. Still, coach Guy Boucher has said Garon, on a 5-0-1 streak, is more consistent right now.

"He's been a professional and he's been a leader," Boucher said. "It must be hard right now and disappointing. But he's going to get playing time soon. He's going to be ready."

As ready as he can be as Roloson said it is difficult to keep game sharpness without playing.

Asked if he was satisfied with the level of communications with the coaches, Roloson said, "For me, it's really out of my control what they're thinking and how they're going about it, so to be happy or dissatisfied with it has no bearing on it.

"Just do whatever you need to do to be ready whether it's tomorrow, the next day or a month."

LECAVALIER MILESTONE: It was overshadowed by Marty St. Louis' big night, but C Vinny Lecavalier reaching 20 goals for a team-record 12th straight season was certainly notable.

"I'm happy," he said. "There are still (31) games left and I want to finish strong. These last few weeks I've been going good."

Lecavalier has 10 goals, 26 points in his past 23 games.

"What I like about Vinny's game is it's not just about goals right now," Boucher said. "The goals are coming because he's doing the right things. He's getting the results because of his willingness to do the dirty things, the tough things."

MEDICAL MATTERS: D Marc-Andre Bergeron, out nine games with a back injury, is close to returning. … LW Ryan Malone (upper body) skated by himself for the second time and said he might be back by the end of the week. Boucher said only that Malone is likely out Tuesday against the Kings. … RW Adam Hall (left biceps tendon) participated in the morning skate with a no-contact jersey.

ODDS AND ENDS: St. Louis had his first multi-goal game since he scored twice March 29 against the Senators. … W Ryan Shannon, with two assists, had his first multi-point game for Tampa Bay and first points since Dec. 15 against the Flames. … The Lightning reached .500 for the first time since Dec. 31, and finished the season 4-1-1 against the Panthers for a team record nine points against them. … Four second-period goals tied a season best. … RW Brett Connolly was in the lineup after his first NHL scratch on Thursday.

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