30 seconds with … G Ben Bishop
Musical artist you are embarrassed you like: Whitney Houston
Guilty pleasure at the mall: Auntie Anne's pretzels
Best dressed on the team: Other than myself, Teddy (Purcell) puts a lot of time and effort into it.
Oldest clothing in your closet: All the old track suits you had when you were a kid on all the hockey teams.
Celebrity crush growing up: Jennifer Aniston
No beard to fear
Radko Gudas' thick black beard, which he nurtured for several years and sparked the "Fear the Beard" slogan, is no more. The Lightning defenseman is sporting a handlebar mustache in support of the Movember charity effort for men's health.
"I've never had them," Gudas said of the handlebars, "so I wanted to see how it looks."
Gudas said it was difficult letting go of the beard, partly because he so dislikes shaving. He will have to get used to it, though, as his 5 o'clock shadow is thicker than most.
On Monday, the day after shaving his beard, Gudas lamented, "It's already back."
Lightning coach Jon Cooper's first game against the Oilers, on Thursday, rekindled the story that Cooper in the summer of 2012 interviewed for Edmonton's head coaching job that ultimately went to Ralph Krueger.
Krueger lasted one season before he was fired and replaced by Dallas Eakins, so the Oilers probably wish they had given Cooper a shot, considering what he has done so far with Tampa Bay.
But Cooper said not getting jobs with either the Oilers or Capitals after he led AHL Norfolk to the 2012 Calder Cup championship was a good thing.
"I had only been two years in the American League, and I didn't feel, personally, I was ready to coach in the NHL," Cooper recalled last week. "The guy on my other shoulder was saying to me, 'You've got to get one of these jobs because your name may not stay hot.' "
But the 2012-13 season with AHL Syracuse — he was hired by the Lightning in March — was a benefit.
"I started to see things over again," he said. "Things were kind of in repeat for me. Then I knew I was ready for the NHL."
Quote to note
"People look at us more like, 'This is going to end. They're going to be back down in the standings where we've picked them.' Guys in the room take that as a little bit of motivation."
Lightning coach Jon Cooper, on the team's fast start
Number of the day
6 Career goal-scoring streaks of five or more games by Lightning center Steven Stamkos since the 2009-10 season, twice as many as any other player.