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More than a feeling

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Guy Carbonneau went with another one of his trademark hunches against the Bruins on Wednesday night and Alex Tanguay is glad he did.

"There's no formula to this, really," said Carbonneau of his decision to send Tanguay out for the shootout. "I just had a good feeling about going with Alex."

Tanguay took care of the rest. After watching Carey Price stone both Marc Savard and Phil Kessel on their attempts, Tanguay glided to center ice as the Habs' second shooter before beating Tim Thomas.

"The crowd really gave me a boost there," admitted Tanguay. "I saw the way Thomas stopped Markov by staying deep in his net. He's a good goalie and I didn't want to take any chances, so I just decided to go up high on him."

Playing in his first Bell Centre regular season game, Tanguay was relieved he was able to shake off the butterflies in his stomach.

"I was nervous and I actually still am," smiled the eight-year NHL veteran. "It would have been great to end it in overtime, but the important thing is that we grabbed that extra point in the standings. Who knows, that point may prove to be the difference down the road.."

Despite being the hero in his home-ice debut, Tanguay knows he's still has some work to do.

"I'm still looking for my rhythm," admitted Tanguay, who has four points in as many games so far. "I think Sak, Guillaume and I are still adapting but we're really starting to find each other out there. But to be honest, I rarely have strong starts to a season.”

Averaging a point per game for the first-place Canadiens, Tanguay and his sky-high standards look tailor-made for Montreal.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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