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It's not Wall Street, but it's a parade

Now that the Devils are so close to their first Stanley Cup, there's one problem. Where do they hold the parade? The New Jersey Turnpike?

Samuel Spina, mayor of West Orange (the township where the Devils practice), has offered to host the motorcade.

The township has two route options _ neither of which are exactly Wall Street.

One route begins at Our Lady of Lourdes, near the bingo room at Valley Way. It goes down Main Street to Town Hall. The tallest building along the route is the Drill, all of five stories. And as the mayor pointed out, "The windows don't open." Not exactly a route that inspires ticker tape.

The second route begins at South Mountain Arena, where the Devils practice, and continues along Northfield Avenue, near the Turtle Back Zoo.

Of course, the Devils could do what the New York Giants did when they won the Super Bowl in 1991. They paraded around the parking lot of Giants Stadium.

Brodeur for MVP

Devils right wing Claude Lemieux should receive serious consideration, but expect the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs MVP to go to goalie Martin Brodeur.

He hasn't received as many accolades as he's deserved because of the outstanding defensive play in front of him. But throughout the playoffs, Brodeur has allowed just 32 goals in 19 games for a 1.65 average and .928 save percentage. And of those 32 goals, 10 were on power plays.

Eight is not enough

Jacques Lemaire won eight Stanley Cups as a player for the Montreal Canadiens. If the Devils win, he would become the 13th person in NHL history to have his name on the trophy as both a player and head coach. Among the 12 who have accomplished the feat is Lightning coach Terry Crisp.

When asked how he would handle such an honor, Lemaire said: "I'm going to wait until we win one more game to handle it."

Take Cup and run

With Nashville beckoning, the Devils could become the third professional sports team in North America to pack up and leave after winning it all.

The 1945 Cleveland Rams, after beating the Washington Redskins 15-14 in the NFL Championship, bolted to Los Angeles.

The 1962 Dallas Texans won the AFL Championship, 20-17 over Houston. But they couldn't match the popularity of the Cowboys and college football, and left for greener pastures in Kansas City, Mo.

Scotty says

"I was embarrassed, humiliated really," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said after the Red Wings lost 5-2 in Game 3 Thursday. "It's totally unacceptable the entire group has to take the full responsibility. It was an embarrassment to the National Hockey League."

Third may be first

The Devils always have been the third-most popular hockey team in the three-team metropolitan area, behind the Rangers and Islanders. But the team is touchy about the Rangers.

"You want to talk about the Rangers?" center Bobby Carpenter said. "Go talk about it to them on the golf course. We're sick of hearing about the Rangers. They're on vacation."

Speaking out

Commissioner Gary Bettman tried to clarify his position on the Devils' possible move.

"All I've ever said on the subject is that when you have nine professional teams in one market and three in one sport, you have problems. But that doesn't mean one team has to move."

Bettman's statement came in the wake of recent reports that he didn't think the metropolitan area could support three hockey teams.

1955

Devils fans broke into chants of "1955, 1955" Thursday night in the first Stanley Cup game at the Meadowlands.

With the Rangers winning the Cup last year, the Red Wings hold the distinction of going longest between championships.

With a loss tonight Detroit would rank fifth among North American pro teams that have remained in the same city and not won a title. The Chicago Cubs hold the record at 87 years (1908), followed by the Chicago White Sox (1917), Boston Red Sox (1918) and Cleveland Indians (1948).

_ CAMMY CLARK, WIRES

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