Devils-Senators clash of titans

Updated: May 7, 2003, 11:43 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock spoke for every hockey fan on Monday night after his Flyers were eliminated in six games by the Ottawa Senators.

"I'm really curious to see the style they play against the style Jersey plays," Hitchcock told reporters. "If Ottawa is able to beat New Jersey, then I think it has to change the way some of us think and the way we utilize our players. There are two contrasting styles of play here."

The explosive Senators take on the defensive Devils in the Eastern finals in an intriguing matchup of the conference's two best teams from the regular season. Unlike the wild West where the top three teams have been eliminated, the East has followed script with the higher seeds winning every series. But now anything goes.