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.
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."
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.
GOALIE SAVES WHEN SCORE
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