Captain Mike Richards said the heck with superstition and had his hands all over the conference championship trophy. Some teams refuse to as much as touch one until they have a firm grip on the Stanley Cup.
Not these Flyers.
“It took a lot to get here. It’s not the trophy we want, but we haven’t done anything conventional all year, especially in the playoffs,” Richards said. “So we’ll go against the grain one more time.”
The Philadelphia Flyers have rekindled memories of their “Broad Street Bullies” championship days and are back in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 13 years.
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 Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, to win the Eastern Conference finals in five games in Philadelphia on Monday night.
“I don’t want to say destiny or anything, but we have a great team,” Richards said.
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 1975.
Michael Leighton allowed a goal 59 seconds into the game, then shut down the Canadiens, who showed a resilient comeback spirit in the first two rounds.
NO BIG DEAL, EH?
Chicago star defenseman Duncan Keith was hit in the mouth by a puck Sunday against San Jose and lost seven teeth.
Keith, who played junior “A” hockey in Penticton, B.C., about 90 miles north of Omak, got his mouth numbed and returned to the game, getting an assist on Dave Bolland’s goal.
“I saw some teeth falling out when I skated off and coughed one up,” Keith said. “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.”
The Phoenix Coyotes signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft. … U.S. federal prosecutors say former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a bankruptcy fraud case. … Daniel Sosa, an eighth grader at Puyallup’s Kalles Junior High School and a defenseman for the Seattle Admirals, was drafted in the 11th round by the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Western Hockey League’s Bantam draft. Sosa, 14, will play for the junior “A” Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, until he’s eligible to play for the Hurricanes when he’s 16.