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Peca in dark over hit

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Michael Peca skated, took some shots and ran on the treadmill and wasn't feeling too much the worse for his workout.

As of now, though, there's no scheduled return date for the Edmonton Oilers centre, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday's win over Columbus. Peca was on the blades yesterday at Rexall Place but he doesn't remember a thing about his run-in with Rick Nash.

"This one's very similar to the one I had in Long Island where I've got a small block of amnesia. It's not very important stuff that I didn't remember so that's a good thing," said Peca, who was popped by Pittsburgh's Mike Wilson in the third game of the 2001-02 season.

"My block of memory goes just before the game started till about two hours after I was home."

Peca has seen several replays of the check by Nash which knocked a temporary bridge out and dropped him to the ice. Peca wouldn't call the hit dirty but considering he'd been penalized in the past for a hit to the head, the veteran figured the same should have applied when he was the victim.

"If I'm the guy who hit me, you can make a case that it's a clean hit and if you're the guy getting hit, you can probably make a case that it was a blow to the head," said Peca. "The only thing is the league has said it wants a clear crackdown on blows to the head and it was a blow to the head."

Perhaps karma caught up with Nash, who suffered a knee injury Thursday night in Calgary.

'RARELY GET HIT HARD'

"That's the way it usually works when people cross my path," laughed Peca. "I do rarely get hit hard - I don't usually put myself in that position. That was a case where he kind of came from my blind side. It wasn't that my head was down. I was looking up at the puck that I just flipped in. It happened. It's a contact sport."

Peca was on the ice for about an hour yesterday and put a few pucks past Kelly Buchberger, who was between the pipes in the absence of the usual auxiliary practice stoppers - video coach Brian Ross and Floyd Whitney. He expects to take another spin today before a timetable for his return to duty is evaluated.

"I'm not lightheaded or dizzy and that's the main things that you look for," said Peca.

"There's been a lot of different protocols that have been discussed. Initially there's certain symptoms that you want to look for - physical damage to the brain, if you have blurred vision, nausea, dizziness. I had pre- and post-traumatic amnesia which isn't uncommon but I didn't have blurred vision, vomiting - anything that would lead them to believe I have any real physical damage to my brain.

"It's just a matter now of how much exercise I can get through, minimized headaches or lightheadedness, and to date I haven't had anything. The only thing that was really sore was my neck and that's been sore since the Nashville game. I think once I can release some of the tension in my neck I'll feel 100% better."

NO WORRIES

Peca has no worries about his future.

"I've played with guys that have always had that fear of things that reoccur. I don't have a history of multiple concussions so I'm not worried about coming back and having any repercussions from it."


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