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Nystrom's noggin feelin' fine

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- Winger Eric Nystrom was forced to be a bystander for last night's Calgary Flames game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it appears he won't be on the sidelines for long.

Nystrom took part fully in yesterday's morning skate and reported he wasn't concussed from his one-punch fight Sunday with Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks and was suffering no ill-effects.

"I feel great. I wish I could play, but you've got to be careful with anything to do with the head. I was a little woozy at the time, but after the game, I was already good," he said.

"I know I had my bell rung, but I don't think it's anything serious."

Nystrom dropped the gloves with the Blackhawks agitator and had the upper hand in the first-period scrap but was sent to the ice when Burish landed one right in the chops.

"I was going all offence and had the upper hand at the start, and you get so carried (away) throwing all offence and don't expect it coming," Nystrom said.

"I didn't have a good grab on where I should have. It was me or him because I was coming right through and he caught me right before I caught him."

Nystrom played for a couple shifts after serving his time in the penalty box but was taken out of the game on doctor's orders.

He didn't practice Monday.

"After the period, they made me talk to the doctor, and the doctor was hesitant (of me playing)," Nystrom reported. "If I could have hid from the doctor, I would have, but I couldn't. As soon as I came off the ice, he was there waiting for me."

In an act of sportsmanship, Burish walked over to the Flames dressing room to check on the status of the Calgary rookie.

"I didn't see him, but that's a nice move by him," Nystrom said.


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