Saturday, June 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Bishop's St. Louis memories; Drouin's big fan (w/ video)

Short shift w/G Ben Bishop

With Bishop having grown up in suburban St. Louis and the Lightning spending the next couple of days in the city leading into Tuesday's game against the Blues, we asked him about his hometown.

Favorite St. Louis athletes growing up: Curtis Joseph (Blues), Isaac Bruce (Rams), Kurt Warner (Rams). Mark McGwire (Cardinals) was obviously a fan favorite.

Best fan moment there: I went to a Blues game, they swept Dallas in a playoff series, and the whole place was saying, "Nah Nah Nah Nah" for the last six, seven minutes of the game. Going to Rams games when they had the "Greatest Show on Turf," there was nothing like it. Obviously going to a World Series game a couple years ago.

Best restaurant: Probably my dad's restaurant, Bishop's Post (in Chesterfield).

Favorite place in city: Forest Park. It has everything, got the zoo, couple golf courses, art museum.

Been up in the Arch? Twice. Went up once as a kid, and when (Maine, his college team) went to the Frozen Four in St. Louis (in 2006) and I was taking pictures. They're like, "Why are you taking pictures? You live here." I'm like, "I've been up in this thing one time. I feel like a tourist."

Drouin debate

When the Lightning faced the Predators on Tuesday, it reunited friends Jonathan Drouin (left) and Seth Jones.

Drouin, 20, a Lightning wing, and Jones, 21, a Predators defenseman, will likely always be linked, having been taken Nos. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively, in the 2013 draft in New Jersey. They got to know each other then, even taking a trip together to the top of the Empire State Building with No. 1 pick Nate MacKinnon (Avalanche). "It's amazing how fast (time) goes by," Jones said. "It feels like it was yesterday."

There's been debate among Lightning fans about whom the team should have taken in that spot, considering Jones made an immediate impact in the NHL as the kind of puck-moving defenseman with size that every franchise covets. But Jones put that argument to rest.

"If (Drouin) had scored 25 goals last year, nobody would be saying that," Jones quipped. "You guys are going to be happy with (Drouin), trust me.

Drouin made his NHL debut last season, tallying four goals and 28 assists. But Drouin appears headed for a breakout year, playing on the top line with C Steven Stamkos. Jones said to give Drouin time. "I'm excited for him," Jones said. "He's going to be fantastic."

From the fans

For any player: What's the best meal you can make?

RW Erik Condra: Probably a brown-sugar-seasoned salmon. Both on the grill or in the oven.

Have a question for a Lightning player? Send it on Twitter to @TBTimes_JSmith or email [email protected], and we'll answer one every Sunday.

Comments
Lightning opens seven-game preseason schedule at home Sept. 18

Lightning opens seven-game preseason schedule at home Sept. 18

TAMPA — The Lightning will open its seven-game preseason schedule at home with a 7:30 p.m.  game Sept. 18 against the Carolina Hurricane, the team announced Thursday.That is one of three home games the Lightning will play in a preseason sc...
Published: 06/14/18
Lightning trades Peter Budaj to Kings, acquires forward Andy Andreoff

Lightning trades Peter Budaj to Kings, acquires forward Andy Andreoff

Sixteen months after acquiring Peter Budaj from the Kings, the Lightning today returned the veteran goaltender to Los Angeles.The Lightning traded Budaj for forward Andy Andreoff, general manager Steve Yzerman announced in a news release.Andreoff, 27...
Published: 06/13/18
Lightning set as early favorite to win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19

Lightning set as early favorite to win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19

This past season didn't end the way Lightning fans might have hoped, but that's no reason to lose hope.In fact, oddsmakers are more bullish on Tampa Bay than any team in the NHL for next season.According to at least one sports betting site, the ...
Published: 06/08/18
Washington has a new hero. His name is Devante Smith-Pelly

Washington has a new hero. His name is Devante Smith-Pelly

LAS VEGAS — Before Devante Smith-Pelly could relax or breathe or even start thinking about his game-tying goal, he had to start moving his feet.The period of recall began midway through the third period Thursday night, when the Capitals trailed, 3-2....
Published: 06/08/18
Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup wait is finally over. Who has waited longer?

Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup wait is finally over. Who has waited longer?

The Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup title in the franchise's 43-year history Thursday night in Las Vegas.And still the St. Louis Blues and their fans wait. The Blues marked their 50th NHL season this year; 50 years without a Cup.He...
Published: 06/08/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What could have been for the Lightning

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What could have been for the Lightning

As the Washington Capitals celebrate their first Stanley Cup championship, Rick Stroud reflects on what could have been for the Lightning, which came within a victory of eliminating Washington in the conference final.Plus, the Rays lose in ...
Published: 06/08/18
Capitals win first Stanley Cup, eliminate Golden Knights in 5

Capitals win first Stanley Cup, eliminate Golden Knights in 5

LAS VEGAS — Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration. And right before Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup, the Washington captain put ...
Published: 06/07/18
Updated: 06/08/18
Here’s what I remember about the Lightning’s Stanley Cup. How about you?

Here’s what I remember about the Lightning’s Stanley Cup. How about you?

You might not recognize the name, but my words were probably some of the first you read after the Lightning won its first – and, so far, only — Stanley Cup 14 years ago today.In the days before social media, email newsletters and push not...
Published: 06/07/18
The Lightning Effect on the Stanley Cup is about to strike again

The Lightning Effect on the Stanley Cup is about to strike again

Call it the Lightning effect.The Washington Capitals are a win away from ending years of frustration and winning their first Stanley Cup.As if we doubted them.RELATED: More Lightning coverageAlex Ovechkin and his Caps teammates have the Tampa Bay Lig...
Published: 06/05/18
Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights in Game 4

Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights in Game 4

WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup. With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the...
Published: 06/05/18