DALLAS — New Jersey forward Petr Sykora was hospitalized for observation at that night after taking a blow to the head from Dallas Stars captain Derian Hatcher in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Sykora had just crossed the blue line into the Dallas zone with the puck when Hatcher skated into him. He dropped immediately and appeared to be dazed, although he was speaking later to trainers as concerned players from both teams gathered around him. No penalty was called. Hatcher’s hit was eerily similar to a clean check delivered by defenseman Stevens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals that left Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros with the latest in a series of concussions. Hatcher said that Sykora was “just coming down across the blue line with his head down.” “I just stepped into him,” Hatcher said. “I am not sure what happened.”

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