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Head games

Devils' Arnott decides to sit out Game 5

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Posted: Monday June 04, 2001 1:51 PM
Updated: Monday June 04, 2001 3:16 PM
  Jason Arnott Jason Arnott will not play in Game 5 because he is still feeling concussion-like symptoms. Jamie Squire/Allsport

DENVER (AP) -- Devils center Jason Arnott decided to sit out Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night because of dizziness from being hit in the head with a puck.

Arnott, injured in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over Colorado in Game 4 on Saturday, skated with the team in the morning but announced shortly after that he would not be able to play.

"I felt pretty good out on the ice, but I talked it over with our trainer, Billy Murray, and he figures it is in the best interest of myself and with the team that I get ready for Thursday and I take the night off," Arnott said.

New Jersey's top-line center was hit in the left temple during the first shift Saturday.

The best-of-seven series was tied after four games, guaranteeing that there will be a Game 6 Thursday night back in New Jersey - with one team facing elimination.

"It was probably the hardest decision of my life," Arnott said of missing a game. "This is it. This is what we play for. I have to get ready for the next game and hopefully, the guys can bring it home tonight and play well."

Devils coach Larry Robinson said Sergei Nemchinov would probably join Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias on the revised top line. Jim McKenzie was the likely lineup replacement for Arnott.

When he got to the bench after being hit, Arnott went down to the floor. He went back into the training room but was able to return shortly after to play the second half of the first period.

Arnott then felt sick to his stomach, and was taken to the hospital where he remained for the rest of the game.

"Just dizziness and little things like that," Arnott said. "Something that is going to need rest. If I feel that I am not 100 percent, and I can't give it all for my teammates, I would rather have someone 100 percent in there."

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