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Tampa Bay Lightning and ex-Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson has sour return to New York

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Lightning G Dwayne Roloson said he received no gag gifts from teammates on his 42nd birthday Wednesday, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort.

"I guess they were looking for a cane but weren't able to find one," Roloson said, smiling, before Thursday's game with the Islanders. "So I lucked out there."

Roloson wasn't so lucky in the 5-1 loss. His teammates gave New York several gifts of turnovers, and he was pulled with 13 minutes left in the second period after allowing all five goals on 18 shots.

It spoiled Roloson's first trip back to Long Island since New York shipped him to Tampa Bay on New Year's Day.

"It was disappointing," Roloson said of being pulled. "It doesn't matter if it's here or wherever it is."

Roloson is thankful for the Islanders for putting him in his current situation.

Roloson said when he signed a two-year, $5 million deal with New York in 2009, GM Garth Snow told him that if the Islanders were out of the playoff chase in the second year, he'd trade him. Sure enough, Roloson was shipped to Tampa Bay for D Ty Wishart at midseason.

"When you sign and somebody says this is what's going to happen and this is what will happen, and (Snow) stuck to his word. It was amazing," Roloson said.

Mathieu Garon replaced Roloson and stopped all 16 shots he faced.

SITTING OUT: Coach Guy Boucher benched Teddy Purcell in the third period with the wing having only three shifts in the second for a total of 8:10 of ice time. "I wasn't really moving my feet on a couple shifts, and coach was trying to send a message," Purcell said. "So it's my own fault."

LIGHTNING STRIKES: Though things are going well with the St. Pete Times Forum's extensive renovation, there is no guarantee one of the most dramatic aspects of the $40 million makeover, the lightning-bolt-shooting Tesla coils, will be ready for Monday's home opener against the Panthers, the team said.

The two coils, which are supposed to shoot lightning bolts about 20 feet to celebrate Lightning goals, need to be extensively tested. If their debut is delayed, it would be due to "technical-related issues," Lightning chief operating officer Steve Griggs said.

Griggs said he would rather be sure the coils are working correctly than force the issue and hope for the best. "We want it to be perfect," he said.

WITH HONORS: Assistant coach Martin Raymond was back on the bench for Thursday's game after being inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in Montreal in the afternoon. Raymond is the school's second all-time leading scorer and its winningest coach. Boucher, who played with Raymond at McGill, said he left an impressive legacy: "We call him 'Mr. McGill.' "

MISCELLANY: D Bruno Gervais played against his former team for the first time. … D Matt Gilroy, C Tom Pyatt and C Blair Jones were scratched. … The Lightning announced partnerships with PNC Bank and Little Caesars pizza. PNC Bank gets the naming rights to the arena's club, formerly the Channelside Club.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Lightning and ex-Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson has sour return to New York

10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:30pm]
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