Devils Back In Stanley Cup Finals

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2003 Playoffs

Jeff Friesen scored with 2:14 remaining in the third period to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in the decisive Game Seven of the Eastern Conference finals.

"Obviously, it's the biggest goal I have scored," Friesen said. "I never had a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. And to have that goal go in, and now I get a chance to go, it is a goal I will remember and definitely a game I will remember."

The Devils, who are making their third trip to the Stanley Cup finals in four years, will face the Anaheim Mighty Ducks with Game 1 in New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored the other two goals for the Devils, who almost blew a 3-1 series lead against the Senators, losing two consecutive games for the first time in postseason.

"We weren't disappointed when we came here for Game 7 because we knew it was a one-game series and the team we were playing was an unbelievable hockey team," Friesen said

Magnus Arvedson and Radek Bonk scored for the Senators, who had their best playoff run in the franchise history.

"We battled adversity all year," Senators center Todd White said. "We battled back in this series. We came back in the third period, even. We just couldn't get that next goal to put us over the top. We had some very good chances, but we lost on that bad break. It's very disappointing right now."

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