Devils One Away From Cup

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2001 Playoffs

Colorado vs. New Jersey

Alexander Mogilny broke out of a slump and scored the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Devils, who won the Stanley Cup on the road last season, have a chance to repeat in front of a home crowd in Game 6 on Thursday in New Jersey.

"These opportunities don't come very often, in front of our fans," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. "We don't want to bring it back here for a Game 7."

Patrik Elias, Sergei Brylin and John Madden also scored for the Devils, who were playing without injured A-Line center Jason Arnott.

"There's no doubt that with a player (Arnott) of that magnitude out, you hope as a coach everybody else elevates their game to make up for loss of a great player," Devils coach Larry Robinson said. "Sometimes it brings a team together and brings out best in other players."

Avalanche worked hard all season long to secure home ice in the playoffs. However, they have to win the next game in New Jersey to have a Game 7 at home.

"This is where we are. We're down 3-2, but we have every intention of bringing it back to Denver for Game 7," Ray Bourque said. "There's no frustration here."

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