Ben Bishop’s NHL debut vs LA Kings, thank you Sarah Palin

Politics essentially started the career of Tampa Bay Lighting goaltender Ben Bishop.

Back then, he was a member of the Blues. Prior to their game on October 24, 2008, Republican Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin was in St. Louis to drop the ceremonial first puck…

Starting goalie Manny Legace tripped on the carpet that had been laid out for her, injuring his hip

So, Bishop came off the bench in relief to start the second period, marking the NHL debut for the 6-foot-7 goaltender. He gave up two goals over the final 40 minutes. But, Kyle Quincey, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown powered the Kings to a 4-0 win.

Now, quick, without looking, who picked up the shutout for LA?

Well…

If you guessed Erik Ersberg, you were wrong.

It was Jason LaBarbera, who stopped all 15 shots he faced.

Bishop is expected to be the starting goaltender for the Lightning tonight, as they faceoff with the Kings at Staples Center. No word yet on who will drop the first puck though.

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ial hopeful Sarah Palin, who dropped the first puck. Bishop ultimately appeared in six games with the Blues in 2008-09 and was the back-up goalie for all 4 of the team’s playoff games that season.

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Comments

  1. mikefromearth says:

    Wow!

    I hadn’t heard that story before. Palin leaving destruction in her wake!

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