Friday, May 23
May 23, 10:01 PM ET
Nieuwendyk too sore to finish Game 7
OTTAWA -- New Jersey Devils center Joe Nieuwendyk was too
sore to finish Game 7 against Ottawa on Friday night, but he hopes
to be ready for the start of the Stanley Cup finals.
Nieuwendyk played three shifts in the Devils' 3-2 victory of the
Eastern Conference finals before pulling himself out of the game.
Nieuwendyk said he thought he needed to come out, even though he
had the Devils' best initial scoring opportunity.
into the game, he snapped a shot from the slot, which Ottawa
goaltender Patrick Lalime stopped.
"It took a lot to try to get that puck away, I'll tell you
that," Nieuwendyk said. "I couldn't function near 100 percent, so
I knew I was going to be more of a detriment than a help out there.
"But hey, I've got three days now. It's going to be hard to
keep me out of the finals, I hope."
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against Anaheim is Tuesday
night in New Jersey.
Nieuwendyk initially got hurt late in the Devils' 2-1 overtime
loss in Game 6 Wednesday night. After falling in the corner, he
needed help getting off the ice and was seen limping in the New
Jersey locker room.
He hasn't disclosed specific details about the injury, saying
only that it's in his hip area.