"I'm not even surprised at the way he played in the series. He's amazing, he's a tremendous competitor, he never quits on anything, he battles to find shots and is so calm in the net and he bounces back from anything," center Steven Stamkos said. "He was our MVP in this series and he showed it."
After giving up a goal off his glove in the early stages of a double-overtime loss in Game 4, Roloson was tremendous, allowing four goals in the final three games to send Tampa Bay on to the next round. But when asked if he could ever anticipate throwing a shutout in a Game 7, he was just as quick with an answer as he was with his pads in the series.
"Do you ever go in to write an article figuring to win a Nobel Prize?," he joked. "No, it's just one of those things that never really had anything to do with me, it was all about our guys that did everything humanly possible to prevent them from getting anything real quality, and if the rebound was there they were able to get things away from me."
4. The case against Georges St-Pierre
With UFC 129 getting ready to take down the Rogers Centre -- doubtless following up with a choke hold -- it's worth pausing to consider how unlikely it is that the fighter pretty much acknowledged as the best in the game right now happens to be Canadian. I'm sure the event would be big regardless of GSP's status as the face of MMA, but having the Montrealer highlight the card is just one of those great coincidences. Given he hasn't lost a fight in three years, there's little point questioning him as the pre-fight favourite in his bout against Jake Shields. But that doesn't mean he can't lose. Here's how he goes down: The conventional wisdom on St-Pierre is that his one weakness is that he doesn't like to get hit. One theory is that getting knocked out by Matt Serra in a fight in which he was an 8-to-1 favorite made him forever wary of the power of a good hook. Another is that he's spent far too much time around fighters who can't say their own name without stammering and values his cognitive functions enough to not take unnecessary risks. These aren't mutually exclusive theories and probably do explain why St-Pierre fights the way he does. I'm unconvinced, though, that a good hook is the only way to reach the champion.
Review the man's record since he first the title, from Matt Hughes in November 2006, and you'll notice something strange: In all that time, no one has made one serious submission attempt on him. Partly that's because he's freakishly strong and quick and doesn't allow opponents to reach a position where they can try one. Partly, though, it has to do with the kind of fighters he's faced.
Serra, Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves and B.J. Penn, whatever their other strengths, all fought St-Pierre as if the only way to beat him was to clip him. Fitch and Hughes played more of a wrestling game, and were just outmatched. Serra and Penn would be the strongest submission stylists he's met, but both are true lightweights, without the strength to really handle St-Pierre on the ground, and both fought as if they knew it.