Thomas pushes Ducks closer to Cup

Updated: June 5, 2003, 11:33 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Every one of his 19 NHL seasons is etched in Anaheim right winger Steve Thomas' face, battle scars of a hockey survivor who isn't afraid to stick his nose in dangerous places.

"He's superior," Mighty Ducks head coach Mike Babcock told reporters about Thomas. "He's in your face, he's on the puck, he's tenacious. ... Also, he's as excited as any player I've ever seen."

Thomas, 39, can't hide his excitement to be playing in his first Stanley Cup Finals after 1,191 career regular season games. If it turns out to be his only chance to win the Cup, he's not going to have any regrets. Thomas made up for subpar performances in Games 1 and 2 losses by scoring 39 seconds into overtime in Anaheim's 1-0 Game 4 victory at home that evened the series Monday night. Game 5 is tonight in East Rutherford, N.J.

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