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Toothless Keith talks softly, carries big stick

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CHICAGO (AP) -Duncan Keith says he saw the puck coming. He just couldn't turn his head quickly enough to avoid it.

The Chicago Blackhawks' defenseman lost seven teeth on Sunday, but returned minutes later to help the Blackhawks beat San Jose and advance to the Stanley Cup finals. Game 1 against Philadelphia is in Chicago on Saturday.

Keith was back on the ice for practice Tuesday and says he is fine despite missing four bottom teeth and three more on top. He says he won't get a new set of teeth until after the season.

Keith says he doesn't plan to wear a special face guard on his helmet in Saturday's opener but will likely use a new mouth guard. The Norris Trophy finalist says he was actually lucky he wasn't hit in the jaw or nose.

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