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Rupp and Friesen give Devils the lead after two periods of Game 7

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East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - and scored second-period goals to give the New Jersey a 2-0 lead over the of Anaheim in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Meadowlands. Rupp, playing in just his fourth career playoff game, gave New Jersey the lead early in the second period. Rupp, stationed in front of the Anaheim net, deflected a shot from the point by between the legs of for his first career playoff goal at 2:22. The went on a power play shortly after taking the lead when was penalized for obstruction. had the only shot for the , but it was turned away by Giguere. Brodeur made three big saves on shots by , and midway through the middle stanza to preserve the ' one- goal lead before Friesen made it 2-0. moved the puck from along the left wing boards back to the point to Rupp, who fired a shot toward the Anaheim net. Giguere made the save, but the rebound went to the slot where four players were battling for position. Friesen was able find the puck and beat the netminder with a low shot to the glove side to give the a 2-0 lead at 12:18 of the middle stanza. The two goals seemed to rattle Giguere, who let a shot by get between his pads then stopped playing thinking the puck went in. Ducks defenseman reached behind the netminder and cleared the puck away just before it crossed the goal line. made nine saves in the period for New Jersey and has stopped 14 shots through 40 minutes of play. This is the 12th Game 7 in Stanley Cup finals history. The home team is 9-2.

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