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Chambers finally gets a little excited

Devils defenseman Shawn Chambers rarely gets excited. He rarely gets nervous. He rarely shows a lot of emotion.

"I think I'd get excited if I was 3 under going into the 18th hole," he said before the start of the final.

But Chambers, who knows what it's like to lose in a final (he was a member of the 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins), now knows what it's like to win one.

"I was excited," said Chambers, who scored to tie it at 2, then got the last goal of the game to ice the Devils' 5-2 victory. "I know I've never been more excited than after my second goal. It was 5-2 and I knew we were going to win. This is what you play hockey for. This is what you dream about since you're a kid."

Chambers started the season with the Lightning, whom he had been with since the team's beginning in 1992. But Chambers and Danton Cole were sent to New Jersey in March for Alexander Semak and Ben Hankinson.

What a turnabout

Sweeps are nothing new to Detroit coach Scotty Bowman. Until Saturday, however, it was his teams holding the broom.

Bowman has coached six teams to the title. His 1976 Canadiens beat Philadelphia in four games and his '77 Canadiens shut out Boston. His Penguins were the last team to sweep the final, beating Chicago in 1992.

The fans strike back

Just in case you thought all was forgiven: commissioner Gary Bettman was greeted with a resounding chorus of boos when he presented the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup.

Names and numbers

Last year, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was among six players named to the All-Rookie Team. This year the honors go to goaltender Jim Carey of Washington, defenseman Kenny Jonsson of Toronto, defenseman Chris Therien of Philadelphia, forward Peter Forsberg of Quebec, forward Jeff Friesen of San Jose and forward Paul Kariya of Anaheim. The Devils were 16-0 this season when allowing their opponents two goals or fewer, 0-4 when allowing three or more.

_ CAMMY CLARK, WIRES

Cup sweeps

1941: Boston d. Detroit

1943: Detroit d. Boston

1944: Montreal d. Chicago

1948: Toronto d. Detroit

1949: Toronto d. Detroit

1952: Detroit d. Montreal

1960: Montreal d. Toronto

1968: Montreal d. St. Louis

1969: Montreal d. St. Louis

1970: Boston d. St. Louis

1976: Montreal d. Philadelphia

1977: Montreal d. Boston

1982: N.Y. Islanders d. Vancouver

1983: N.Y. Islanders d. Edmonton

1988: Edmonton d. Boston

1992: Pittsburgh d. Chicago

1995: New Jersey d. Detroit

NOTE: since the best-of-seven format in 1939.

Lightning vs. Devils

The Lightning was 2-1-1 against the Stanley Cup champion Devils this season. How they fared:

Date Where Score

March 10 T.B. Devils 3-2

March 18 N.J. Lightning 2-1

April 4 N.J. Tie 1-1

April 18 T.B. Lightning 3-2

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