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Shot woes

The Red Wings never were held below 22 shots in a game during the regular season, averaging almost four goals and 36 shots in building the league's best record. New Jersey has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of its 19 playoff contests.

First three playoff rounds

Wings Foes Wings' avg.

508 288 36.3

Stanley Cup final

Wings NJ

Gm shots goals shots gls

1 17 1 28 2

2 18 2 23 4

3 24 2 31 5

Bad timing

Detroit hadn't had a three-game losing streak, in the regular season or playoffs, since dropping four straight in October 1993.

Well traveled

The Devils not only set a playoff record for road wins in a season with 10, they also established a two-year mark with 16 road wins in consecutive playoffs. New Jersey was 6-4 in road playoff games last season, for a two-year mark of 16-5. That breaks the record of Pittsburgh, 15-7 in winning consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

Movie time

The Devils are 14-1 in the playoffs on nights after goalie Martin Brodeur has gone to the movies.

Sweep talk

The only time the NBA and NHL finals have been sweeps in the same year was 1983 _ Philadelphia over Los Angeles and Islanders over Edmonton.

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