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Tampa Bay Lightning's Jamie Heward encouraged after workout

TAMPA — The nausea is gone and, for the most part, so are the headaches.

D Jamie Heward said he still has gaps in his memory, and concentrating sometimes is a problem. All in all, though, he said he feels better four weeks after sustaining a concussion Jan. 1 against the Capitals.

Heward, 37, worked out for the first time Tuesday for what he joked was "seven solid minutes on a (stationary) bike."

The plan was to get his heart rate to about 100 to see his reaction to the increased blood flow. So far, so good.

"(Tuesday) was a step in the right direction trying to get back to … normal," Heward said. "We're hoping through physical activity some of the fogginess will go away."

Heward said he still cannot recall Washington star Alex Ovechkin crunching him head-first and from behind into the Verizon Center boards. In fact, he said, "The whole day is gone."

He said he watched video to try to jog his memory, and while he said it "creeped me out," it reinforced to him the hit by his former teammate, from whom he has yet to hear, was not dirty.

"It's unfortunate," Heward said. "To watch from the sidelines is frustrating. But at my age and at the stage of my career, I have to take care of it and make sure it doesn't get any worse."

Kolzig tested: Backup G Olie Kolzig, on injured reserve, said he had an MRI exam Thursday after he aggravated a stubborn injury to his left arm. Results were not immediately known. Kolzig, out 16 games, said he is awaiting a second opinion.

ARTY RETURNS: RW Evgeny Artyukhin, who played after a two-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on Florida's Ville Peltonen, said any concern referees will watch him more closely will not affect his game.

"It was an accident," Artyukhin said of the hit. "I'm going to play the same way I did before. I'm not going to change my game."

ST. LOUIS RETURNS: RW Marty St. Louis called Sunday's All-Star Game in Montreal, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Canadiens franchise, one of the highlights of his career. "To be part of such a historical time for this franchise that you grew up watching, to be there for the All-Star Game, it was pretty cool." The Montreal native said scoring twice "made the weekend, for sure."

ODDS AND ENDS: D Paul Ranger played after missing five games with an upper-body injury. … D Matt Smaby (lower body), D Marek Malik (ankle) and LW Adam Hall were scratched. … LW Gary Roberts (elbow) and F Paul Szczechura (lower body) remain on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jamie Heward encouraged after workout 01/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:34pm]
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