MONTREAL — Lightning G Dwayne Roloson said it had been "a long time" since he was hit that hard.
It took Roloson several minutes to get back on his feet Thursday night after Montreal's Brian Gionta ran into him and hit him in the jaw at the side of the net. "You get hit in the jaw and you never know," Roloson said. "But everything is all good."
It certainly was after Tampa Bay's 4-0 victory at the Bell Centre in which Roloson made 24 saves to help the Lightning (3-2-0) to its third straight win. C Steven Stamkos scored his first two preseason goals, and W Brett Connolly, with two goals, put distance between himself and teammates Dana Tyrell and Blair Jones in the fight for roster spots.
But it was Roloson, the league's oldest player who will be 42 on Oct. 12, who created the most drama. With 9:52 left in the second period, he was facedown on the ice, with head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan chugging to his aid.
No penalty was called.
Roloson eventually got to his knees, twisted his head to loosen his neck and stayed in the game. As long as he stayed in, coach Guy Boucher said, "I don't want to know anything else."
Roloson called his effort okay. Montreal missed some open shots, he noted, and hit two posts. "For me, personally, it shouldn't happen," he said. "There's still a lot of work to be done."
That said, Roloson is 2-0 in three games with a 1.21 goals-against average and .955 save percentage.
"We have a lot of time to work on stuff and take advantage of the practice time we have now to get better," he said.
OUCH: D Mattias Ohlund was a late scratch because of what the team called a setback to his chronically balky right knee. Victor Hedman played instead.
RAYS FANS: Watching the Rays' dramatic victory over the Yankees on Wednesday in the province of Quebec was a memorable experience for C Nate Thompson, who called the game "the best baseball I've ever watched in French in my whole entire life."
More to the point, Lightning players said the Rays' historic run to the playoffs was a good reminder to never quit.
"The Rays just proved that sometimes pretty incredible stuff can happen," D Marc-Andre Bergeron said. "In sports, when the rhythm is on your side and the belief starts building, for whatever reason, the team feels that. It's contagious. The Rays probably knew they were going to be in, and I'd bet the Red Sox knew they were going to be out."
ODDS AND ENDS: Tampa Bay entered with the league's top power play at 36.4 percent (8-for-22) but was 0-for-3 and failed on a 1:53 five-on-three. … F Ryan Malone (shoulder) played his first preseason game and had an assist and four shots in 13:08 of ice time. … The line of Stamkos, Connolly and Marty St. Louis was plus-9. … AHL Norfolk signed F Ondrej Palat, the Lightning's seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft, and D Trevor Ludwig to tryout contracts.