Breakdowns to blame for Ducks' demise

Updated: June 6, 2003, 11:01 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Crazy bounces characterized New Jersey's 6-3 victory over Anaheim in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Thursday night, but the Mighty Ducks have themselves to blame instead of the hockey gods for falling one loss from elimination.

After four tight-checking games resulted in a split and 12 goals between the teams, the Devils got a couple of fortunate breaks at home and can win their third Stanley Cup in nine seasons Saturday night in Game 6 at Anaheim.

Give Mighty Ducks head coach Mike Babcock credit for not making excuses for his team's poor coverage in its own end.

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