In the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the diminutive Ducks winger was knocked woozy by a booming check at center ice by rugged Devils defenseman Scott Stevens. Kariya, who had set up two goals in the first period, lay on the ice for a minute or so before he was helped to the dressing room on rubber legs. He returned less than five minutes later and scored a goal to help the Ducks win, 5-2. "It definitely showed a lot of grit for him to come back from a hit like that," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. "There's not too many guys who can do that."
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