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The Devils will be leaving the swamp to head to the Pond a very happy team. Yes, there is still a lot of hockey to play, a possible 300 minutes of regulation. But that doesn't change the fact that the Devils have begun the Stanley Cup Finals ahead of the series 2-0. And statistically, they are in very good shape.

In front of two sellout crowds, Martin Brodeur, the number one star of tonight's game, shutout the Ducks for a total of 120 minutes. This is the longest streak in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1945 when Toronto shutout Detroit. Not only that, the Devils won all eight playoff series when they won the first two games. And not only that, the team who has won game 1 has won the Cup 50 out of 64 times.

All statistics and fancy numbers aside, the Devils simply outplayed the Ducks. Their offense crashes the net and is able to get the pucks past Giguere, something that no team in the Western Conference could do. They are getting the players in front and Giguere simply can't see where the shots are coming from. With the exception of the end of the third period, Anaheim's offensive did not click, and if they got a chance, the Devils defense quickly shut them down.

The Devils skated tonight without Joe Nieuwendyk again, who remains out with some injury that is lasting longer than anticipated. Reports originally stated that Joe would be back in fine shape for Game 1 of the series, but low and behold, it is now Game 2 and still no Joe. But that didn't bother the Devils too much tonight, as goals from Friesen (surprise surprise), Elias, and a tip from Gomez's stick, who received a feed from Oleg Tverdovsky, gave the Devils the 3-0 win.

New Jersey has won each and every game in which they have held the lead. Scoring first also helps! The Devils led practically every aspect of the game statistic wise, except for face offs. But unfortunately, Anaheim cannot win on face offs.

Power plays have never been New Jersey's strong point. They have had atrocious power play attempts all during the regular season, and even throughout the playoffs. However, they came away with a power play goal, after it had been 4 on 4 for about a minute. Oleg Tverdovsky gave the puck to Elias who had just left the box, and he scored the Devils first Power Play goal this series.

In Game 1, Anaheim was outplayed and outmaneuvered. They at least had the excuse of being rusty after a 10 day break, although they opted not to use that excuse. They may have made the right choice, because their inability to play carried over to Game 2. They had a brief shining moment at the end of the third, but they still couldn't make things happen. Brodeur had made 6 shutouts this playoff series, tying Dominik Hasek from the Detroit Red Wings in 2001-02. Game 3, on Saturday, will be at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The game will be broadcasted on ABC at 8:00 PM ET, as well as on radio 770 WABC.

As always,

Kyle Bisignani

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## BOX SCORES ##

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~ Thursday, May 29, 2003

~ Anaheim Mighty Ducks @ New Jersey Devils

~ Time: 8:00 PM ET

~ Venue: Continental Airlines Arena

~ Atten: 19040

http://njdevils.info/schedule/report.cgi?PO42

GOALS 1 2 3 T

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 0 0 0 0

New Jersey Devils 0 2 1 3

SHOTS ON GOAL 1 2 3 T

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 7 2 7 16

New Jersey Devils 7 6 12 25

STATISTICS Ana NJ

Total Goals 0 3

Total Assists 0 6

Total Shots 16 25

Penalties 4 3

Penalty Minutes 8 6

Penalty Kill % 75% 100%

Power Play % 0% 25%

Faceoffs Won 38 22

GOALTENDERS

Ana - Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Record: Vs NJ | Season

0-2-0 | 12-4-0

NJ - Martin Brodeur

Record: Vs Ana | Season

2-0-0 | 14-5-0

SCORING

1st Period

(No Goals This Period)

2nd Period

NJ - Patrik Elias - 4:42 (PP)

Assisted by Oleg Tverdovsky & Scott Gomez

NJ - Scott Gomez - 12:12

Assisted by Oleg Tverdovsky & Patrik Elias

3rd Period

NJ - Jeff Friesen - 4:22

Assisted by Brian Gionta & Scott Niedermayer

PENALTIES

1st Period

Ana - Samuel Pahlsson - 6:10

2 Min - Obstruction Interference of Grant Marshall

Ana - Mike Leclerc - 18:24

2 Min - Hooking Jeff Friesen

2nd Period

NJ - Patrik Elias - 2:23

2 Min - Obstruction Holding the Stick of Samuel Pahlsson

Ana - Petr Sykora - 3:19

2 Min - Holding Sergei Brylin

3rd Period

Ana - Keith Carney - 0:27

2 Min - High Sticking John Madden

NJ - Jim McKenzie - 8:29

2 Min - Interference of Dan Bylsma

NJ - Scott Stevens - 19:19

2 Min - Holding

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