Dwayne Roloson got the start for the Buffalo Sabres in Saturday's preseason game with the Boston Bruins. If history is any indication, it may be a little while before he gets another one.
Roloson played the entire way as the Sabres dropped a 3-1 decision at the FleetCenter. The game was the third straight loss for Buffalo (1-4-1). The Sabres close the preseason against Toronto Monday in Hamilton, where starter Dominik Hasek is expected to play the entire game.
Last season, Roloson didn't get a start until Jan. 2 as the durable Hasek started the team's first 33 games. While Roloson probably will see more action this season, he still won't be overworked unless Hasek is injured. So Roloson must have been happy to get 60 minutes of work Saturday night, even if he didn't like the way the game turned out.
Buffalo struck first as Stu Barnes scored on the power play at 12:49 of the second period. Brian Campbell skated from one end of the ice to the Boston zone and set up Barnes with a brilliant pass.
However, the Bruins tied the game later in the second period. Cameron Mann was awarded a penalty shot when Roloson tossed his goal stick at him. Mann converted on his solo opportunity at 17:43.
The Bruins took control in the third period. Sergei Samsonov put Boston ahead for good with a little less than 10 minutes to play, and Steve Heinze added an insurance goal about two minutes later. Boston applied plenty of pressure throughout the game, finishing with a 36-21 edge in shots.