Penguins - Sharks
-“If we can win it in front of our home crowd, it’s even better. But we’re going to try to win this thing as quickly as possible and not mess around because they’re a very dangerous team.” - Penguins defenseman Ian Cole on potentially winning the Stanley Cup on home ice.
-Murray Avenue will temporarily be renamed Matt Murray Avenue.
-Catching up with former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg, now the Sharks' goaltending coach.
-The status of Sharks center Tomas Hertl - sidelined for two games due to an undisclosed ailment - remains uncertain.
-Only one team - the 1942 Maple Leafs - has rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup.
-Game 5 tickets aren't cheap.
-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins left winger Phil Bourque (right). An undrafted free agent signed prior to the 1982-83 season, Bourque spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1983-84 by appearing in five games and scoring one goal. He followed that up in 1985-86 by playing in four contests and failing to record a point. During 1986--87, Bourque saw action in 22 games and collected five points. In 1987-88, he played in 21 games and contributed 16 points. The 1988-89 season was his first full campaign in the NHL as he appeared in a team-leading 80 games and recorded a career-high 43 points. In 11 postseason games that spring, he scored five points. He followed that up with a 39-point effort in 76 games during 1989-90. The 1990-91 season saw Bourque appear in 76 games and record 34 points including a career-high 22 goals. He added 13 points in 24 postseason games and played a key role in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Bourque only appeared in 58 games and scored 26 points. He helped the Penguins successfully defend their championship by netting seven points in 21 playoff games. In the 1992 offseason, he signed with the Rangers. In 344 regular season games with the Penguins, Bourque scored 164 points, 52nd-most in franchise history. In 56 postseason games, Bourque had 25 points. "The Old Two-Niner" is currently a radio broadcaster with the Penguins.
-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins left winger Conor Sheary. An undrafted free agent signed in the 2015 offseason, Sheary is in his first NHL season. In 44 regular season games, he had 10 points. This postseason, he has appeared in 21 games and scored nine points.
-The Lightning hired former Wild/Lightning head coach Todd Richards as an assistant coach. Richards is a former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach.
-The Wild hired former Devils captain/defenseman Scott Stevens as an assistant coach. Stevens has previous served as an assistant and co-coach with the Devils.
-Former Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman has left the team.
-Former Blues/Coyotes/Stars/Kings forward Ladislav Nagy has joined HC Kosice in Slovakia's Extraliga.
-Former Stars/Thrashers/Coyotes forward Niko Kapanen has joined HPK in Finland's Liiga.
(Photos: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)