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Cup wields power over players

Updated: June 7, 2004, 8:28 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Walk through the Tampa Bay Lightning or Calgary Flames locker room prior to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and players by the hordes will tell you how much fun this all is.

They're lying.

The buildup alone can be debilitating. The demands from family and friends for tickets, the incessant questions from media, the soul searching that comes from having to face up to the fact that your performance could mean the difference between the team's success or failure.

Craig ...

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