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Thursday, April 10

Updated: April 10, 4:07 PM ET

Gomez tested for a possible concussion

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Devils center Scott Gomez intends to play against the Boston Bruins on Friday despite spending part of the playoff opener in the hospital being tested for a possible concussion.

Gomez didn't skate with the team Thursday during an off-day practice but he rode a stationary bike in the locker room of the Devils' South Mountain Arena facility in West Orange.

"I'm a little sore," said Gomez, who said his neck hurt more than anything. "I felt like a football player or something. Now I know how they feel on Monday, I guess. I'm a little achy. This is the playoffs, the hits are a little harder, but you don't expect them from your own guy."

Gomez was hurt in the opening minutes of the Devils' 2-1 win in Game 1 on Wednesday when he collided violently with teammate Grant Marshall in center ice. The 23-year-old Gomez managed to get to the bench, but he nearly fell backward after sitting down.

One of the hottest scorers on the team coming into the playoffs, Gomez spent the rest of the first period in the locker room and skated one shift in the second period, coming to the bench and using the wrong door.

Gomez was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center for evaluation.

"They asked me: 'Who the president was?' I got all the questions right," Gomez said.

The only thing that was disappointing for Gomez was that he couldn't watch the game on television. The only set was tuned into The Bachelor and Gomez wasn't about to ask the people to turn the channel.

"I found out the score on the ride home," Gomez said.

Devils coach Pat Burns said Gomez was fine and that he had no problem eating on Thursday. Some players who sustain a concussion feel nauseous.

Barring a change, Burns said Gomez will go in Game 2.

The Bruins aren't being so open about starting goaltender Steve Shields, who had 26 saves Wednesday night.

Shields, who didn't have much of a chance to stop either of Jamie Langenbrunner's two goals, wants to play Friday.

Bruins coach Mike O'Connell said Thursday that he wants to think about it.

"I am confident in what I do," Shields said after the Bruins practiced at a rink in Upper Montclair. "I don't go out of my way to display it and tell people I should be playing.

"Everyone thinks they should be playing, but that's the way I feel," added Shields, who made a spectacular skate save on John Madden in the second period. "I don't want to come across as being arrogant, but I feel I should always be playing."

O'Connell's other choices are Jeff Hackett and Tim Thomas. Hackett hasn't played since breaking a finger in mid-March. Thomas only appeared in four games all season.

Whatever happens, Shields said he would be ready.

"I'm not too concerned," Shields said. "I know I am going to give them a chance to win when I play. Mike has the right to make any decision he wants."

O'Connell said the Bruins called the NHL on Thursday to complain about Turner Stevenson's first-period hit on defenseman Bryan Berard behind the net.

No penalty was called on the play, but it appeared to be a boarding penalty.
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