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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 June, 2003, 02:52 GMT 03:52 UK
Devils claim Stanley Cup
Anaheim keeper Giguere can only watch as the puck goes past him
MVP Jean-Sebastien Giguere could not keep New Jersey out

New Jersey beat Anaheim 3-0 to win the deciding game of the Stanley Cup.

The 4-3 series win gave the Devils their third Stanley Cup victory in the last nine years.

Former Anaheim player Jeff Friesen scored twice, while Michael Rupp had one goal and two assists.

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots to establish a new NHL record with his seventh shutout of the post-season.

Brodeur, who was substituted in game six after conceding five goals in the Ducks' 5-2 win, also became only the third NHL netminder to record three shut-outs in a Stanley Cup final series.

His superb display, however, was not enough to claim the Conn Smythe trophy for the outstanding performer in the play-offs. That honour went to his opposite number Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Knowing that I have the Stanley Cup, I'm not worried about the Conn Smythe
Martin Brodeur
New Jersey Devils goaltender
Giguere, whose performances carried the Ducks past defending champions Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild, becomes just the fifth player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe.

"It (the Conn Smythe) is well deserved for him," said Brodeur, who adds another Stanley Cup to the Olympic gold medal he won last year leading Canada in Salt Lake City.

"He is the big reason why the Mighty Ducks made it so far and he deserves it. He accomplished some great things.

"But you know it's kind of easy when you win the Cup to be satisfied.

"Knowing that I have the Stanley Cup, I'm not worried about the Conn Smythe."

The Ducks were always up against it, not having won in New Jersey in nine previous visits, and with the first six games in the series having been won by the home side.

The visitors managed to keep New Jersey at bay during a tense first period, but Rupp broke the deadlock 2:22 into the second period when he deflected Scott Niedermayer's shot from just inside the blueline between Giguere's pads.

Right now it's an empty feeling
Mike Babcock
Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach
Friesen then made it 2-0 10 minutes later, and as time ticked away in the third period he made it safe with his second of the night and 10th of the play-offs.

The Devils were nearly unbeatable at their Continental Airlines Arena throughout the play-offs. Their 12-1 record set a new NHL record for post-season home victories.

The defeated Mighty Ducks are owned by The Walt Disney Company and are named after a Disney film in which an underdog youth team become unlikely champions.

But the Ducks were not quite able to make it a reality in the Stanley Cup.

"Right now it's an empty feeling," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "But we know we have to have a much better team to be back here again."





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