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Giordano happy hit nets fine

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

CALGARY - Reportedly fined the maximum $2,500 for a crosscheck to Flames defenceman Mark Giordano's brow, Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash didn't have to dig very deep into his pockets to pay up.

But the fact the league reviewed the high stick behind the Flames net in Friday's 6-2 victory over the Jackets is a sign they're taking blows to the head seriously.

"They've got to crack down on that sort of stuff, so I guess that's a good thing," Giordano said when told of the penalty.

"Any time a guy crosschecks someone up high or in the head like that, it's something I think they should definitely look at."

Coming away relatively unscathed with no noticeable marks on his head from the impact, Giordano got lucky.

So did Nash, who served only a minor penalty on the night.

"He got me just below the helmet. I thought it was pretty dirty at the time, but obviously the refs didn't think it was that bad," Giordano said. "They gave him a two-minute penalty.

"I think it's good that the league looked at it."

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Craig Conroy wasn't sure this summer he'd ever have the opportunity to reach 1,000 NHL games.

Sitting at 998, the 39-year-old veteran should get that chance this week at home in front of an adoring Saddledome crowd with games against the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche on tap for Tuesday and Thursday.

"He's done his job for us. How he's playing is what I expected Connie to do, play his role to the best of his abilities," said head coach Brent Sutter.

"He's doing a good job. I certainly don't expect to see Connie out of the lineup the next couple nights."

Suiting up for the milestone in front of the Sea of Red would be a special memory.

"That'd be nice, for sure. I'd be lying to say it wasn't (in the back of my mind). Probably right in the front, too," Conroy said Monday.

"To play 1,000 games in the NHL would be huge. I'm only two away and just looking forward to getting that opportunity."

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Reporters gave David Moss a little extra time after practice before questioning him.

Both because of the fact he had extra equipment to take off, and he was especially winded after his first skate with teammates in weeks.

"I'm tired today. I was out there for a bit," said Moss, who's getting ready to come back from a pre-season shoulder injury. "But that's what happens when you get injured, you've got to get back in game shape somehow."

The extra equipment included a brace for his shoulder, but he says it's healed up and he's cleared for contact.

"I feel good. The shoulder feels 100%, it's just a matter of getting my legs back," said Moss, who hopes to return later this week.

Head coach Brent Sutter hasn't decided whether Moss will play wing or at centre when he returns to action.

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