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Lightning: Bishop on being tall

5 questions G Ben Bishop

How tall are your parents?

My mom's 5-3 or 5-4. My dad's 6 foot.

So, how do you account for being 6-7?

My mom's brothers are 6-5.

When was your growth spurt?

I never had one. I was always just the tall one. There was never one year I shot up 3 or 4 inches.

Do people ask how's the weather up there?

All the time.

How do you respond?

I just laugh.

Tough love

Growing up in Prince George, British Columbia, coach Jon Cooper was a die-hard fan of the old Montreal Expos. So, when he had the chance, he made sure he went to Olympic Stadium to take in a game. You can hear the disappointment in his voice. "I loved the Expos," he said of the franchise that, after the 2004 season, became the Washington Nationals, "but that was a bad atmosphere for baseball. After I went there, I understood why they left."

Tough crowd

The Lightning's injury report before Thursday's game at Carolina included radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin, who cut his chin when he tripped and fell on his morning run. It was the first time in 20-plus years as a runner he was off his feet.

The drips of blood on his running clothes and later, after the wound re-opened, on his suit and tie were one thing. The playful lack of sympathy from his media colleagues was another.

Mishkin was called a "tomato can" (can't take a punch) and "not tough enough," and was asked if he needed a golf cart to get around.

He was bandaged by the Lightning's medical staff and jokingly assured Cooper the injury would not affect his play-calling. "You knew it was going to be a rough road trip," he said, "when the radio guy is bleeding before the puck drop."

Number of the day

0 Times Marty St. Louis has had consecutive games without a point this season.

A rare shutout

When Ben Bishop shut out Carolina on Thursday, it was the Lightning's first shutout of the season, first in 107 games (Oct. 29, 2011, by Dwayne Roloson, 1-0 over the Jets) and the fourth 40-save shutout in team history.


Daren Puppa 45 11/27/95 2-0, Kings

Ben Bishop 45 4/4/13 5-0, Hurricanes

Nikolai Khabibulin 42 1/28/02 1-0, Rangers

Nikolai Khabibulin 41 11/25/01 4-0, Hurricanes

. fast facts

Lightning: Bishop on being tall 04/06/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:48pm]
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