One friendship on hold for Cup finals

Despite spending seven seasons in New Jersey, Petr Sykora is enjoying facing his ex-teammates.

Updated: May 28, 2003, 7:53 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The day after winning Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Devils left winger Patrik Elias figured he should call Ducks right winger Petr Sykora. After all, the longtime friends and former linemates would be facing off against one another in the Stanley Cup finals.

"I called him a couple of times and I've left a few messages," said Elias, who chalked up an assist in the Devils' 3-0 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday. "He hasn't called me back. I guess he feels he shouldn't ...

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