Thursday, October 20, 2011
Garon and Roloson
Looks like Mathieu Garon, and not Dwayne Roloson, will face the Isles tonight. Garon is 3-0-1 in six previous appearances against the Isles, including a 16-shot/16-save relief effort last week. Garon is 0-1-1 with a 2.28 GAA and 93.8 save percentage this season for the Lightning.
Garon has faced the Islanders wearing 5 different uniforms (Montreal, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Tampa Bay). He blanked the Isles on 35 shots in 2008 as a member of the Oilers.
Roloson (42 years, 8 years) is the oldest player in the NHL and the only remaining player born in the 1960's. He was born the same day (10/12/69) that Al Weis drove in the winning run in Game 2 of the World Series.
When Roloson got Tavares'd last week, he was 42 years, 1 day -- matching Dominik Hasek's age (to the day) when the Isles faced him for the final time on January 30, 2007 (Hasek's Red Wings prevailed 4-3 in OT after the Isles blew a 3-0 third period lead).
No older goaltender has faced the Isles since Eddie Johnston (42 years, 9 days)was when he faced the Islanders on December 3, 1977. The Isles beat St. Louis 7-2.
Rollie is going to have to stick around a few more years to become the oldest goalie to ever face the Isles. Gump Worsley holds that mark. The Isles defeated him 4-3 on January 12, 1974 in Minnesota. Worsley, born May 14, 1929, was 44 years, 180 days old. (Roloson won't reach that age until April of 2014)
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