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5 questions D Brendan Mikkelson

Has anyone told you you look a lot like former Lightning goalie Mike Smith?

I've heard that a lot.

The guys had some fun with that, didn't they?

One of the trainers took pictures of my side profile because he said it was a spitting image.

Did they tell you it was a compliment?

Well, I asked them that at first and they said yeah. I heard he was a pretty funny guy.

Are you like that?

I don't know if the personalities match up. I'm a little more (subdued).

Do you believe everyone has a double somewhere? You see it all over the place.

Mirror image

For his part, Smith, now with the Coyotes, said he doesn't see the resemblance with Mikkelson, above right.

"It's the same with my baby," Smith said of Aksel, 6 months. "Everyone says he looks like me, but I can't really distinguish that. Maybe I don't have the brain capacity to deal with decisions like that."

But Smith's former Lightning teammates believe the resemblance, C Nate Thompson calling it "uncanny."

Thompson said he even texted Smith that, "I didn't know your younger brother is in the league."

Smith got the last laugh, though. Comparing his hair with Mikkelson's, he said, "I think I have a little better locks than he does."

Number of the day

9 Times, entering Saturday, a Lightning starting goaltender has been pulled during a game.

Quote to note

"I mean, you can't tune him out. He's there. He's on the bench. He's emotional. He wants to win just as bad as any of us do. It's great to see that passion in him."

LW Ryan Malone, on coach Guy Boucher

On display

The Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player, will be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Frozen Four, April 5-7. Lightning D Matt Gilroy earned the award in 2009 as a senior at Boston. "A great honor," he said. Especially because Gilroy, from North Bellmore, N.Y., was a college walk-on. "It was never a thought in my mind, the Hobey Baker," Gilroy said. "When I came in my freshman year, the NHL was never a thought in my mind. I always believed I could play hockey, but I never really knew my abilities until that first year in college. After that, I thought anything was possible."

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