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Angelic rally

Ducks hope to bring another title back to Anaheim

Posted: Sunday June 08, 2003 3:42 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Ticker) -- The path the Mighty Ducks have taken to reach Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals is eerily similar to the one followed eight months ago by baseball's Anaheim Angels.

The Angels won the final two games against the San Francisco Giants last October to capture the first World Series in team history.

With Edison International Field just a few blocks from the Arrowhead Pond, that fact did not go unnoticed -- or unmentioned.

Before the puck dropped for Game 6, highlights of Games 6 and 7 of the World Series were shown on the Jumbotron scoreboard, which also reminded fans that the last team to squander a three games to two lead in the Stanley Cup finals was the New Jersey Devils.

The highlights ended with the words, "Game Six Karma, feel it." Even the Rally Monkey made an appearance on the scoreboard late in the third period.

There's one slight difference between the championship exploits of Anaheim's sports teams. Because the World Series follows the 2-3-2 format, the Angels also hosted Game 7. The Ducks must return to New Jersey, where they have lost nine straight, including all three games in this series.

"This is a point in our lives that may never ever come again," 39-year-old winger Steve Thomas said. "Right from the youngest guy on our hockey team to the oldest guy, Adam Oates, it's a great feeling to know we have a chance to win the Stanley Cup."


 
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