Roloson and Bergenheim Representing the Island Well

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching some former Islanders shine in the postseason for Tampa Bay. I was always a Dwayne Roloson fan when he played on the Island. Two seasons ago, he was very consistent behind net with a 23-18 record – not too bad when playing  for a sub-.500 team. Not only were Roloson’s stats impressive for the Isles, but he also seemed to enjoy playing here. Unlike Evgeni Nabokov, Roloson took pride playing for the Islanders. His goalie mask, which had former Islanders goalie great Billy Smith painting on, showed that he understood the past success of our franchise. Ironically, right after he was traded from the Islanders to the Lightning during the week of New Year’s, I had the opportunity to watch him make his Lightning debut against the Capitals in Washington D.C. Because he was only with Tampa Bay for less than two days at the time, he had no time to change his goalie mask. Nothing was better that night than watching Roloson with his Lightning sweater on while rocking a bright Orange Islander goalie mask.

Roloson Has Been Unstoppable this Postseason

The other former Islander playing for the Lightning is playoff-super hero Sean Bergenheim. Before signing with the Lightning before the season, Bergenheim was an Islander for five year. During that time, he recorded 40 goals and 40 assists. He was a first round draft pick for the Isles in 2002 and he certainly didn’t disappoint during his time in Nassau. He was one of the few European hockey players who returned to the Islanders after the NHL lockout. He was a loyal player who was certainly respected throughout Islander Nation. This postseason, Bergenheim has become a stud. In this past series against the Capitals, he scored four goals including two tonight that clinched the series. Congrats to Rolly and Bergy on having outstanding postseasons so far. We will be pulling for you.

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