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5 stories, including Kings still NHL's playoff road warriors

05/31/2012 02:27 EDT | Updated 07/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Anze Kopitar kept the Kings' playoff road winning streak alive, the Jays got a scare after Brandon Morrow had to leave a game against the Orioles, the Hornets won the NBA draft lottery, plus much more in your top five stories from Wednesday:

1. Anze Kopitar was the extra-time hero for the Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final with this dazzling goal on the Devils' Marty Brodeur. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was on hand for L.A.'s ninth consecutive road win in these playoffs, as was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who provided an update on negotiations with the NHLPA on a new collective agreement.

2. The Blue Jays got their sweep of the Orioles, but it only came after a scare for one of their pitching aces. Brandon Morrow was helped off the field in the seventh inning after taking a line drive to his shin. The right-hander is listed as day-to-day with a leg contusion.

3. The Heat and Celtics battled so hard in Game 2 of the NBA's East final that it required a thrilling overtime finish, but some teams that didn't make the post-season also got a lot of attention on Wednesday. The New Orleans Hornets won the draft lottery and will have first crack at the 2012 draft class. Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors secured the eighth pick.

4. Aleksandra Wozniak is heading to the third round of the French Open. The Blaineville, Que. native dispatched Zheng Jie in two sets and will next face top-seeded Victoria Azarenka. Meanwhile, Venus Williams joined her sister Serena on the sidelines at Roland Garros, while on the men's side Roger Federer set a new Grand Slam record.

5. It may be the end of an era in the Motor City. Reports indicate that Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom is contemplating retirement. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner was the first European captain to hoist the Stanley Cup and is sixth all-time among defencemen with 878 assists, to go along with 264 goals for 1,142 points.

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