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Devils criticized for same old trap

New Jersey's Pat Burns is paying for the style of a coach who came before.

Updated: January 4, 2003, 2:40 PM ET
By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell | Special to ESPN.com

Back during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, there was plenty of grousing about the style that then-New Jersey Devils' coach Jacques Lemaire was playing. Too defensive, it was argued. Too boring, the critics said. They wound up winning the Stanley Cup that year and forward Claude Lemieux gave a tearful ode to his team, style be damned. Call us boring, call us dull, call us a trapping team, said Lemieux, but you'd better call us champions.

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