Ducks can't overcome rust in Game 1

The Ducks didn't use the long layoff as an excuse. But how else can you explain Game 1?

Updated: May 28, 2003, 2:05 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rust or rest? Coming into the Stanley Cup finals, that was the big question facing the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who hadn't played since eliminating the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference final on May 16 -- 10 days ago.

Well, after Game 1, the answer seems to be rust.

With ex-Duck Jeff Friesen providing a pair of goals, the Devils cruised to a relatively easy 3-0 win on Tuesday night at the Continental Airlines Arena. Goalie Martin Brodeur, never really ...

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