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Peckham happy to oblige old rival

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

The stage was too big, the opportunity too enticing.

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham and Colorado Avalanche forward Chris Stewart had plenty of battles against each other growing up in Ontario.

So when they met Saturday for the first time at the NHL level in a game televised nationwide, they decided to renew their rivalry.

"Growing up, we'd play against each other in tournaments," Peckham said.

"Then we played against each other in the OHL. I think we fought at least once every year that we played each other there."

Peckham and Stewart squared up in a first period fight, which featured little in the way of defence. Stewart went right at Peckham off a draw in the Avalanche zone.

"The shift before that we were on the ice together and it was an icing so I had to stay on," Peckham said.

"That's when I told him I'd be ready to go on the next shift. We both knew it was coming. It was a good one.

"Hopefully all the boys back home got a chance to see it. Being on Hockey Night in Canada, it was as good a time as any."

Peckham was in the lineup in place of Ladislav Smid, who was feeling some lingering effects of a mild concussion suffered last week in Toronto.

Smid did not take part in yesterday's practice at Rexall Place. If he's not ready to play tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues, Peckham will draw back into the lineup.

"I've played 10 games now and I feel I'm starting to ease into it a little bit," Peckham said.

"I realize now I have a lot more time out there than I first thought.

"I know that in my first couple of games I was a little jittery and trying to get rid of the puck as fast as I could."


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