This final isn't going to be pretty

Updated: May 29, 2003, 12:28 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Defense wins championships, as they say, and that will be true no matter who wins the Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

But boy, will this championship be ugly.

Fans of neutral zone clogging inaction, dump-and-chase, icing, clutching, grabbing and obstruction might protest, but if you want fast skating, slick passing and highlight reel goals, the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals isn't the place to look. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people will probably be watching.

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