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Facing the Habs not a big deal to Tanguay

Friday, 02.18.2011 / 5:45 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / NHL Heritage Classic chatter

There were a lot of expectations when Alex Tanguay arrived in Montreal before the 2008-09 season.

The Flames traded Tanguay to the Canadiens in a draft-day deal in exchange for a first- and second-round pick after a disappointing pair of season in Calgary.

Things were going well for him with the Canadiens as he posted 16 goals and 25 assists in 50 games. But a separated shoulder cost him two months, and the Canadiens chose not to re-sign him after the season.

After spending one season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tanguay rejoined the Flames this summer. But there's no extra incentive or added emotion facing the team that let him walk two seasons ago.

"It's been a couple years," Tanguay said. "I don't think there's too many guys who are there since I was there. To me, it's not going to be any different than any other game."

Sunday's game will be a rare chance for the Quebec native to play in the great outdoors.

"I never really played outside," Tanguay said. "We had covered ice in a dome. It was natural ice underneath the dome, but I didn't have to deal with the elements."

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday