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This Date in Devils History: June 9

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils


Mike Rupp celebrates the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship with Jamie Langenbrunner.

JUNE 9, 2003:
DEVILS BLANK DUCKS FOR THIRD CUP – At 2:22 of the second period, a rookie named Mike Rupp gave the Devils all the offense they would need.

On this day, four years ago, Rupp scored the Cup-winning goal in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, as the Devils topped the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-0 for their third Championship in nine seasons.

Jeff Friesen rounded out the Devils' offense with a pair of goals, and Rupp added assists on both of Friesen's tallies.

After Anaheim had extended the series with a 5-2 win in Game 6, Martin Brodeur rebounded to stop all 24 shots he faced in the series-deciding Game 7.

Brodeur posted three shutouts against Anaheim, all of them 3-0 victories, and the Devils recorded each one of their wins in the series by a three-goal margin. The Devil goaltender wrapped up the 2003 playoffs with a 16-8 record to go with a 1.65 goals-against average and a league-leading seven shutouts.

Be sure to check out the video highlights from the 2003 Cup run on the Devils' Memorable Moments Video Countdown!



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