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Sakic will not play in Game 5
Posted: Friday May 04, 2001 7:03 PM
Joe Sakic's shoulder injury resulted from this hit by the Kings' Jere Karalahti during Monday's Game 3. AP
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic was scratched
from Friday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals
against the Los Angeles Kings.
Sakic, who missed most of Game 3 and all of Game 4 with a sore
right shoulder, skated with the team Friday morning but decided to
sit out as Colorado tried to clinch the best-of-seven series.
"I am not playing," he said. "The shoulder is good, but it's
not quite ready for tonight."
Sakic, the NHL's second-leading scorer during the regular
season, injured his shoulder five minutes into Game 3 in Los
Angeles. He has five goals and three assists in the playoffs.
"Doctors are taking a precautionary approach," he said. "The
last thing you want to do is go out and miss another two or three
Without Sakic, the Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead over the
Kings as they tried to earn their third straight trip to the
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