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Devils close to being latest NHL dynasty

New Jersey continues to elevate its status with a third Stanley Cup finals appearance in four years.

Updated: May 27, 2003, 5:15 PM ET
By Chris Stevenson | Special to ESPN.com

They are named after a legendary demonic son of an 18th century witch.

They live in the shadows of The Big Apple and play in a swamp. It is a place called East Rutherford, a place where the natural terrain seems to be pavement -- parking lots, interstates and off-ramps, a small, grey patch of what is an extraordinarily green and otherwise pleasant state.

It seems an unlikely home of a Stanley Cup dynasty in the making.

They don't have the history of the Montreal Canadiens, the New ...

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