-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman (right). The team's first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. During that spring's postseason, he contributed two points in three games. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games during the 1978-79 regular season, he scored one goal in seven postseason games that spring. Chapman was traded after one game in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 87th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he recorded four points.
-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen. Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, scored one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft. In 133 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilhen scored 41 points.
-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. In the 1996 postseason, Roche appeared in 16 games and contributed nine points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wregget in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Roche recorded 24 points.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he signed with the Capitals.
Lightning - Blackhawks
-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop skipped Friday's practice due to an undisclosed injury.
-“It’s called home-ice advantage for a reason. And in these big games, we love to play them in front of our home fans.” - Lightning captain/forward Steven Stamkos on tonight's Game 5.
-“Everyone’s banged up. When you play this long — I think it’s 104 games, already — you’re going to be bumped up a little bit. But it doesn’t matter right now. It’s the Stanley Cup. There’s a maximum of three games left, and then you’ve got all summer to rest.” - Lightning forward Tyler Johnson.
-Maple Leafs defenseman Petter Granberg will be sidelined at least four months following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.
-The Stars hired NBC broadcaster Dave Strader as their television play-b-play broadcaster.
-The Coyotes were granted a restraining order against the city of Glendale, Ariz. in regards to the dispute over the lease at Gila River Arena.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)