Devils 2, Stars 1DALLAS -- The New Jersey Devils finally won the Stanley Cup -- even if they were almost too tired to lift it once they did.

Jason Arnott ripped a shot from the left circle past Dallas goaltender Ed Belfour 8:20 into the second overtime, ending a second consecutive tension-filled overtime game -- and the Stars' Stanley Cup run -- with a 2-1 Devils victory Saturday night.

Arnott one-timed Patrik Elias' shot past Belfour as the Devils prevented the Stars from forcing a Game 7 Monday in New Jersey.

Because the Devils wouldn't lose on the road to Dallas -- they were 3-0 in Reunion Arena -- the Stanley Cup has a new home. The Stars, who won the Cup on the road in Game 6 last year in Buffalo, lost it in Game 6 at home.

It was the third time in five years the Cup was won in overtime, and the fourth time in five years the Cup has been won on the road.

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur ended his seven-game overtime playoff losing streak by making 30 saves, while Belfour -- one of the heroes of the Stars' 1-0, three-overtime victory in Game 5 -- lost despite stopping 43 of 45 shots.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," said Brodeur, who had been 1-5 in multiple-overtime games. "This time around I think I realized it a little more."

It was the first time in the best-of-seven era there have been back-to-back multiple overtime games in the finals.

Devils defenseman Scott Stevens was named the Conn Smythe Award winner as the playoffs MVP.

"The Stars never gave up, you have to give them credit. They fought and fought," Stevens said. "I was telling everyone to play hard for me. You don't get too many chances, so I'm just enjoying this."

The Stars' fans were clearly distraught at seeing the Cup won on their ice, but most stayed to cheer the post-game presentation to Stevens by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

"The games we had here were really tough," Stars center Mike Modano said. "They're a great team, outstanding. Those guys -- Brodeur, (Scott) Gomez, Arnott -- I know how they're feeling. It's a great feeling."

Many fans began cheering, "Stan-ley Cup," and "Ed-die, Ed-die" in appreciation not only of two of the most stirring overtime games in recent Cup history, but the excellent goaltending.

It was the end of one era for the Devils -- John McMullen's 18-year run as owner -- and, likely, the start of another. Larry Robinson became only the third coach to win a Stanley Cup after taking over during the season and, by succeeding Robbie Ftorek with only eight games left, became the latest to take over a Cup champion.

It was Robinson's eighth Stanley Cup title, six as a player and two as a coach, one as an assistant.

"Marty played unbelievable, really throughout the whole series," Robinson said. "Scottie's been a tower of strength. He's got that 'C' for a reason. This is not about me. I'm happy for those guys out there."

The Devils opened a 3-1 series lead, then nearly lost it in overtime -- first in the tense goalie duel in Game 5, then in yet another multiple overtime in Game 6 -- before avoiding a Game 7. Only one team in NHL history, Detroit in 1942, has lost the finals after leading 3-1.

As might be expected, the Devils won it on the road. They are 5-0 all-time in road Stanley Cup finals games, winning all three in Reunion Arena, where the Stars had won 11 of their last 12 playoff games before the finals.

The Devils matched their own 1995 record with 10 road victories in a single playoff year. They were 10-2 on the road this year.

The Stars became the first defending champion to lose in the finals since the New York Islanders in 1984. The last four defending champs to reach the finals all won. The Devils are the first Eastern Conference team to win the cup since they last did so in 1995.

Scott Niedermayer ended the Devils' 145-minute, 33-second scoreless streak against Belfour on a 3-on-1 break at 5:18.