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Dwayne Roloson was pulled with 2:04 left in the first period of Saturday's Game 4 after giving up three goals on nine shots. Smith came on in relief and didn't allow a goal as the Lightning came back to beat the Bruins 5-3. The best-of-seven series is tied at 2.
Signals had pointed to Roloson starting his 16th straight postseason contest; he was the first of the two Tampa netminders off the ice Monday, a general indicator of who starts.
Roloson was also pulled in Game 2 when the Bruins poured five goals past him in the second period en route to a 6-5 win, although those goals could hardly be blamed on the goaltending.
Smith has come on in relief twice and has yet to allow a Bruins goal in a little more than three periods of action.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has chosen Mike Smith as his starting goaltender against the Boston Bruins for tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.