Greene leaves opposition black and blue

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

That didn't take long.

It took Matt Greene all of two games to get into his first NHL fight.

The rugged rookie defenceman tangled with Chicago's Todd Simpson Tuesday, on a night when he also finished plus-two and led the team in hits with five.

"It's been a blast, I'm having a great time being up here and I don't think that's going to change any time soon," said the Edmonton's fourth pick (44th overall) pick in the 2002 draft, who's glad the tilt was spontaneous.

"I didn't have to think about it, he was hitting me before I thought about it. I didn't do very well, but it was good to get the first one out of the way. For it to happen like that is good, too, inside the play. I like that a lot more than (scheduling them)."

At six-three, 223 pounds, the 22-year-old knows that steady, physical hockey is what's going to keep him in the NHL, which is good, because that's what he specializes in.

"They have a good understanding of what my style is," he said.

"To be able to stay back and be physical is fine by me."

RADEK HOPES FOR SATURDAY: Radek Dvorak, out since Dec. 13 with a groin injury, skated full tilt in practice yesterday and is hoping to be back in the lineup in time for Hockey Day in Canada against the Leafs.

"It's good to be back again for a full practice," he said.

"I feel surprisingly good. I'm going to see (Thursday) morning how I feel because right now I feel pretty good. If everything goes well I want to play on Saturday."

Last time he came back from a groin injury, Dec. 13 in Jersey, he didn't last two periods, but he's not worried about the impending return.

"This time is different. Last time I jumped back after one week. This time it's been three weeks, different story."


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