Familiarity finally breeding contempt

Updated: June 9, 2003, 12:07 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
One of the least-anticipated Stanley Cup Finals now has a chance to be remembered for its excitement, thanks to the Mighty Ducks and Devils playing in Monday night's decisive Game 7 at East Rutherford, N.J.

Once left to be viewed mainly by Anaheim, New Jersey and hard-core hockey fans, hopefully the intensity, passion and desperation of a winner-take-all match will draw more casual fans. (And the company men of the Mighty Ducks deserve credit for helping out fellow Disney-owned entity ABC by forcing a Game 7.) Would overtime be asking too much for the final game of the toughest championship trophy to win in sports?

"The biggest thing is you just dream," Anaheim center Steve Rucchin told The Boston Globe. "You just hope for this opportunity and we have been given [it]. We did a great job to give ourselves a chance in Game 7. That's all you can ask for. Here we are. We're feeling good about ourselves and the way we're playing right now. We need to continue. Of course, it's going to be an exciting game, but we're looking forward to it and we're ready."