Penguins center Joe Vitale doesn't know if his nose was broken in his fight Sunday with Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski.

Likely never will since he hasn't gotten an X-ray.

His nose is a bit bruised and swollen -- "It's always been kind of crooked" Vitale said smiling -- but he was back on the ice Tuesday when the Penguins practiced at Consol Energy Center and said there were no lingering effects of his bout with Wisniewski.

"Everything was fine" he said.

Whatever the merits of getting involved in a fight during the waning minutes of a preseason game might be they would seem to be outweighed by the potential for an injury. Vitale though said there was nothing preconceived about the run-in with Wisniewski who he described as "a really tough kid."

"It happened so fast" he said. "I remember the whistle. I finished my hit on him and I gave him a whack. Next thing you know we're both throwing [punches]."

Although Wisniewski earned a clear decision Vitale said "I thought it was a good fight" and seemed to have no misgivings about participating in it.

"It's one of those things where it's kind of nice to get the first one out of the way" he said. "Get right back into it."

Although Vitale returned to practice Tuesday right winger Bobby Farnham and defenseman Brian Dumoulin both of whom were injured in the Blue Jackets game did not. Neither did forward
Andrew Ebbett who has an unspecified injury and is listed as day to day.