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Ben Bishop speaks to Sports Illustrated about his in-season diet, and other reasons to smile today.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI

Canucks swamp Lightning 5-1

Transcript: Syracuse Crunch quarter mark report with GM Julien BriseBois

The Bolts

Famous Toronto radio personality Adam Wylde was in Tampa, and staff member Saima got to meet him at the game!

Sadly, it was that game.

"Despite outshooting the Vancouver Canucks 41-30 through three periods, the Tampa Bay Lightning would ultimately fall 5-1 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa." [Bolts by the Bay]

Lightning Shout discusses the cons of trading Ben Bishop. "So, yes, trading Ben Bishop makes sense…until you realize that once Bishop is gone, you’re one injury away from Kristers Gudlevskis or Adam Wilcox. Season over." [Lightning Shout]

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 80 -- who gets protected in the expansion draft? Great episode. (And thanks for the shout-out, Chad!) [Bolt Prospects]

Joe Smith's gamer: "But as the Lightning faces arguably its worst slide in recent seasons, it was more alarming in how the veteran-laden group is handling even smaller in-game adversity." [Tampa Bay Times]

Crazy bounces: "Ben Bishop was asked Thursday morning about his recent run of solid outings. He credited the play of the defense in front of him and the fact he hasn't experienced crazy bounces that led to goals during the early part of the season. And then the game started." [Tampa Bay Times]

SBNation's headline. :( -- Lightning goalie scores on himself instead of covering the puck [SBNation]

Sports Illustrated raided Ben Bishop's fridge, and found -- carbs. Lots of them. "All season long, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop eats carbs. Lots of them. Throughout the day, he hits on bread, pasta, oatmeal—a holy trinity of the hallowed food group. It’s carbo-load, all the time." [Sports Illustrated]

Look at all the Bolts in this thing: "During the evaluation camp this summer, I took at look at what Team Canada might look like in this year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. While many of the players I expected to be a part of the team will be at the selection camp next week, there are a number of players that will be unavailable." [Bloggers' Tribune]

The League

Speaking of food, Morgan Rielly of the Maple Leafs has been learning to cook lately. [PPP]

The NHL doesn't want to sent players to the Olympics. "After the first day of the NHL’s Board of Governors meetings, Bettman painted a grim picture towards the possibility of the league allowing their players to go to the next Games." [Puck Daddy]

I have not even heard of the Team USA goaltenders: Projected Team USA, Team Canada rosters if the NHL doesn't take part in the Winter Olympics [ESPN]

Expansion team to Seattle? " In a new two-page letter, Chris Hansen's Seattle Arena investment group says they would only vacate a street to build an arena if they acquire and NBA or NHL team first." [Western Washington King 5 News]

The NHL is trying to become more diverse. "You've probably noticed, but hockey also isn't the most diverse sport. It also isn't the most popular in North America. It has its huge following in Canada, but many believe the thing that is holding the sport back in the United States is its lack of inclusivity, and that a combination of economics and access to the sport are the main factors explaining why the sport continues to be overwhelmingly white." [Rolling Stone]

Theo Fleury is making a documentary about child sex abuse. "They're some of the greatest actors on the planet, they could be winning Academy Awards," Fleury says of pedophiles that worm their way into pro sport leagues and other institutions before finally preying on children. [Hollywood Reporter]

Down Goes Brown: 10 lies all NHL fans tell themselves. [DGB]

I think Bolts fans everywhere need an injection of good cheer. So what’s making you happy today?