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Burns to begin treatment immediately

Updated: April 21, 2004, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pat Burns vows to battle colon cancer with the same intensity that helped the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup last season.

The coach will begin treatment immediately, he announced Sunday, a day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.

"For those who know me well, I've never backed down from any fight," Burns said.

"And I'm not going to back down from this one."

Burns, 52, said his status with the Devils will be determined in six ...

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