Alex Tanguay might have been away from the Colorado Avalanche for seven seasons, but he is reclaiming his rightful place on the franchise's scoring list.
Tanguay scored his 20th goal of the season and the 161st while wearing the Avs' burgundy and blue colors in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night at Scotiabank Saddledome in Alberta. It is the seventh time in Tanguay's career and the first since 2010-11 while a member of the Flames that he has reached the 20-goal mark.
The 35-year-old winger's tally breaks a tie with Paul Stastny for eighth place in franchise history in goals, while also tying Stastny for eighth on the club's all-time scoring list with 459 points. Tanguay is five goals away from tying Valeri Kamensky (166) for seventh place on the franchise's goal scoring list. Overall, he has 820 points (273 goals and 547 assists) in 1,008 career games.
This season, Tanguay is third on the team in scoring with 47 points (20 goals and 27 assists) and has recently found his offensive spark again, recording seven points (four goals and three assists) in his last eight games.
"I feel good," Tanguay said about his season prior to the contest versus the Flames. "I wish I was producing a little more, but we'll keep trying."
He produced for Colorado in the first period as his goal tied the game 1-1 with 2:14 left before the intermission.
Tanguay helped jumpstart the scoring sequence by dishing the puck to Gabriel Landeskog in the front of the net during an Avs rush. Landeskog's shot missed wide, but it caromed off the end wall before it was pushed to the slot where Tanguay was waiting. Tanguay then wristed a shot past Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo, who couldn't get a good read on where the puck was.
"Just got lucky. The puck came back to me in the slot and the goalie was looking the other way," Tanguay said. "I thought Landy had a pretty good chance there. I was hoping it was going to go in. Sometimes you take the lucky one afterward."
Tanguay scored in all three games this year against the Flames and finishes the season series with three goals and an assist against his former team.
Colorado re-acquired Tanguay in a trade with Calgary on June 27, 2013 after the left wing played two stints and five total seasons with the Alberta franchise. He spent the first six years of his NHL career in Denver after the Avs selected him No. 12 overall in the 1998 Entry Draft.
The Ste-Justine, Quebec native was also on the ice for Colorado's second goal of the night, cutting Calgary's lead to 3-2 at 10:46 of the third period. On the play, Tanguay provided a net-front presence, drawing two Flames players toward him and allowing Landeskog to get open on the left side and score from a tough angle.
HISHON MAKES HIS RETURN
Forward Joey Hishon returned to the Avs lineup Monday after missing the last five games because of a nagging elbow injury.
|Joey Hishon |
Hishon was nearly ready to go last week during the Avalanche's games in Arizona and Anaheim, but he was kept out of those contests after feeling discomfort in his elbow during faceoffs. He has been centering the team's fourth line during his NHL stint and was between forwards Jordan Caron and Daniel Briere against Calgary.
After making his NHL regular-season debut on March 4 against Pittsburgh, Hishon hurt his neck in practice and was forced to miss the next game against Columbus. He returned the following night to play Minnesota on March 8, only to hurt his elbow in the outing.
While this is his first NHL regular-season campaign, Hishon did play three games with Colorado last season during the playoffs. He said the style of play is similar between the postseason and currently with the Avs fighting for a playoff spot.
"I can honestly say it is not much different than it was last year in the playoffs," he said. "I think our urgency and how hard we have to work to give ourselves a chance is evident, and we have to keep doing what we have been doing."
Hishon finished the game with one shot and had several solid defensive breakups in 8:40 of ice time.
ANOTHER RETURN TO CALGARY FOR IGINLA
For the third time in his career, Jarome Iginla came to the Scotiabank Saddledome and headed to the visiting locker room instead of the familiar home one.
Iginla spent 15-plus seasons with the Flames and is the franchise's all-time leader in points (1,095), goals (535) and games played (1,219), and ranks second to Al MacInnis in assists (609).
Monday's contest was the Edmonton, Alberta native's 1,382nd of his career, tying Trevor Linden for 39th place in the NHL record book for games played.
Iginla leads the Avs in goals this season with 24 and is second on the team in scoring with 50 points.