EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ New Jersey Devils center Jason Arnott was taken to the hospital after collapsing when he was hit in the face by the puck early in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night.

Arnott did not play after the first period and went for precautionary X-rays.

On the first shift of the game, Arnott was struck near his left temple by Colorado defenseman Adam Foote's clearing attempt along the boards near the Avalanche bench.

Arnott went to the dressing room, then finished the first period. But he did not return to the Devils' bench at the start of the second period.

Arnott, who centers New Jersey's struggling 'A' line, missed about 2 1/2 minutes of ice time in the first. He returned to the bench around the 7-minute mark and resumed a regular shift throughout the rest of the first period.

When he was injured, Arnott skated off the ice and, while behind the bench, collapsed near the door. Shortly after, he got up and walked off unassisted to the dressing room.

The Devils trailed 2-1 in the best-of-seven series entering Saturday's game.

Arnott had scored one of New Jersey's first three goals in the series before Saturday. His linemates Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias had no goals through the first 10 periods of the series _ including the first period of Game 4.

Elias scored his first of the series, with New Jersey shorthanded, to tie it 1-1 about 3 1/2 minutes into the second.