Flyers finish off Canadiens, join Blackhawks in finals
Mike Richards had a highlight-reel goal early, Arron Asham and Jeff Carter scored 84 seconds apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Monday night to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Flyers, who needed a shootout win in the last game of the regular season to clinch a playoff spot, will play the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 on Saturday.
The Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since consecutive titles in 1974 and 1975.
Michael Leighton allowed a goal 59 seconds into the game, then shut down the Canadiens.
"I was counting down the clock the last 2 minutes, I couldn't wait for it to wind down," Leighton said. "Last couple of minutes we did a great job."
Blackhawks' Keith loses teeth in win
It takes more than a puck in the face to keep Duncan Keith off the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks — even when he loses seven teeth. Chicago's top defenseman was hit by a puck off the stick San Jose's Patrick Marleau during the second period of Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Sharks that clinched the Western Conference title and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Keith returned to the game and finished with a game-high 29 minutes, two seconds of ice time. He lost four bottom teeth and three more on top.
"You've got leave it all on the ice," Keith said after the game when he was headed for some major dental work. The team said Monday it had no update on Keith's condition.
"I felt a chunk of something back there and I figured it was a tooth. It wouldn't have been anything else," said Keith, who is a Norris Trophy finalist as the league's best defenseman.
"I saw some teeth falling out when I skated off and coughed one up. It sounds gross, but it happens all the time to guys. It could have been a lot worse. I could have got it in the jawbone."
Up for discussion at owners' meeting: 2014 Super Bowl, new OT rule
Ready for an outdoor Super Bowl in cold, possibly snowy weather? Thinking that new overtime rule adopted for playoff games should be used in the regular season, too? NFL owners will discuss those things and more Tuesday in Irving, Texas.
The 2014 Super Bowl site definitely will be picked. It's widely expected to go to the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that will become home to the Jets and Giants this season, although Miami and Tampa, Fla., also are bidding.
The new stadium for the New York City area would seem like a natural site for the NFL's marquee event, especially with league headquarters in Manhattan. Plus, the league has rewarded cities for building expensive new stadiums by giving them a Super Bowl. But the Meadowlands doesn't have a roof and temperatures are usually in the 20s during early February in East Rutherford, N.J.
As for overtime, when owners last met, in March, they voted to change the sudden-death rule so that if a team losing the coin toss immediately gives up a field goal, they still get a chance to score and either tie it or win — but only in the playoffs.
There's a sentiment that if the rule is good enough for the post-season, it should be done in the regular season.
Bill submitted to lend NYRA $25 million
New York state is expected to loan the New York Racing Association $25 million to preserve Thoroughbred racing seasons at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct. The NYRA loan is included in a measure from Gov. David Paterson to extend basic state operations in the absence of an approved budget for this year. It would have to be repaid by March 31 or within 30 days of a state pact with a contractor to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct.
Rachel, Zenyatta sharp in workouts
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra zipped five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday, while unbeaten mare Zenyatta was just as impressive in a work at Hollywood Park.
Rachel Alexandra covered five furlongs in 1:00.40, second-fastest of the 14 horses who worked the distance. Trainer Steve Asmussen said the 4-year-old filly "looked great" and "all options are open" regarding her next start.
Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 as she continues to prep for the Vanity Handicap on June 13. Zenyatta hasn't raced since improving to 16-0 with a romp in the Apple Blossom on April 9.
Petrovic tops British Open qualifying
Tim Petrovic earned a trip to the British Open after shooting a 129 to lead the British Open qualifying at Plano, Texas. Petrovic had rounds of 64 and 65 at at Gleneagles Country Club to earn one of eight spots available for the British Open on July 12-18 at St. Andrews, Scotland. Bo Van Pelt (130) and D.A. Points (131), who will make his first British Open appearance, also qualified. Scotland's Martin Laird and Tom Pernice Jr. were in after each had a 132. Glen Day and George McNeill were next at 134, and the the final spot went to Cameron Percy with a birdie on the third playoff hole.
■ James Morrison of England had an 11-under 133 at Walton Heath to lead the 11 players who qualified for the U.S. Open, to be played June 17-20 at Pebble Beach. The others who qualified at Wentworth, England, were Rafa Echenique, Rhys Davies, Gary Boyd, Rafael Cabrero-Bello, Gareth Maybin, Mikko Ilonen, Jean-Francois Luquin, Gregory Havret, Rikard Kalberg and Pablo Martin.
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Montgomery County pitcher perfect
Montgomery County senior Paige Compton struck out eight batters en route to a perfect game in a 6-0 victory against Bourbon County in 40th District Tournament play.
The last word
Peter Luczak, after losing to Roger Federer in the first round of the French Open on Monday:
"He just had me on a string and just (was) toying with me at the end. I think he was enjoying it."