Big Ben Bishop and Cory Conacher, the little train that could, were due to pass each other in the night skies late Wednesday.

Bishop was leaving his former Ottawa Senators teammates behind in Boston for the opportunity to become a No. 1 goaltender with the Tampa Bay Lightning, while Conacher was coming the other way, with a shot at being a point producer for a Senators team likely headed for the playoffs. The Senators also received a fourth-round draft choice from Tampa in the trade deadline deal.

“He’s a gritty guy, he’s not afraid to go to the net and spear the goalie or anything like that,” said Bishop, paying Conacher a compliment before leaving Boston. “He’s a good player, he’s got a nose for the net and I’m sure he’ll fit in well (with the Senators). He’s always going into the scrums and stuff.”

Conacher — whose great grandfather’s cousin was Canadian sporting legend Lionel “Big Train” Conacher — agreed with Bishop’s description of his style.

“Sounds about right,” the 23-year-old rookie said in a conference call, before jumping on a flight to Boston, where he’ll join the Senators for practice Thursday. “Maybe I go a little too hard at the goalie sometimes. I like to be first on the puck and dig for turnovers.”

Conacher, who has nine goals and 14 assists and is in the running for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year — he trailed Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau by a point before Wednesday’s games — instantly becomes the Senators’ top scorer.

His rise to the NHL is also a compelling story.