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Flames breathe sigh of relief over Tanguay injury

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


By Miranda Baker

Good news on the injury front, as forward Alex Tanguay is expected to be suited up for Friday's match-up between the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks. Tanguay, who left midway through Tuesday's third period against Dallas, originally appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury, but it was later determined to be a pinched nerve in his neck.

"Shoulder is okay, it's just a burner in my neck and my arm went numb for a bit, but it's okay," said Tanguay, following Wednesday's off-ice practice.

"It's still a little stiff, but I'm going to go for some testing and do a little rehab on it and hopefully be ready for Friday."

According to Tanguay, it was a hit on a Dallas player that went wrong.

"I just went to hit him and turned my neck a little bit, and after that I had this pain shooting through my arm, down my arm and my fingers kind of went numb and everything. But hopefully I'll better here in the next couple days."

As expected, the sudden numbness in his fingers startled the forward, as he wondered what injury he had sustained and how long he would be out of the lineup for.

"I wasn't quite sure what it was, and obviously you don't feel too good when you can't move your fingers very well," added Tanguay.

Flames coach Jim Playfair was also relieved that recovery time should be short-lived and expects Tanguay to be back in Friday's lineup.

"It's huge news that it's just a burner. He will probably be back skating tomorrow and back on Friday," commented Playfair.

In 13 games, Tanguay has posted three goals and five assists for the Flames. The 26-year-old forward, a native of Ste-Justine, Quebec, was acquired in a trade for defenceman Jordan Leopold, a second round choice and a conditional draft choice at the NHL Draft last June.

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