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Hockey Today

May 26, 2001

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New Jersey at Colorado (8 p.m. EDT). The Stanley Cup finals begin at Pepsi Center. The Devils are looking to repeat as champions.


Saturday’s Game 1 will be the first Stanley Cup finals game featuring the top seed from each conference since 1989. In that series, Calgary defeated Montreal _ and current Colorado goalie Patrick Roy _ 4-2.


New Jersey has never lost a road game in two Stanley Cup finals. The Devils, who play Game 1 Saturday night at Colorado, have a combined 5-0 road record in the 1995 and 2000 finals.


Anaheim introduced Bryan Murray as its fifth coach Friday. Murray served as Florida’s general manager from 1994 until he was fired Dec. 28. Before that, he had a 484-368-123 record as head coach with Washington, Detroit and Florida. The Mighty Ducks finished last in the Western Conference last season with a record of 25-41-11-5 under Craig Hartsburg and Guy Charron.


New Jersey coach Larry Robinson has won eight Stanley Cup rings _ six as a player, one as an assistant coach and one as a head coach. He wears none of them, choosing to give them to his father, brothers, son, and brother-in-law. Robinson says he’s saving his eighth for his grandson.


``We rely very much on all of our six defensemen. You need that in playoff time because sooner or later there is going to be a time or an opportunity where you don’t have the guys that you want on the ice against the other team’s top line.″ _ New Jersey coach Larry Robinson. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals is Saturday at Colorado.

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