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Burner shouldn't sideline Tanguay

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Alex Tanguay's injury is not nearly as serious as first expected and he could return when the Flames host Anaheim tomorrow night.

"Everything is good. It's still a little stiff. We'll do some testing and do some rehab on it and hopefully be ready for Friday," the left winger said yesterday.

Tanguay suffered a burner -- a slight nerve injury -- in his neck/right shoulder when he threw a bodycheck midway through the third period of Tuesday's 3-1 win over Dallas. He didn't return to the game.

"I wasn't quite sure what it was," he said.

"Obviously, you don't feel good when you can't move your fingers very well but it seems to be OK. I just went to hit him and turned my neck a little bit and, after that, I had this pain shooting down my arm and my fingers kinda went numb.

"Hopefully, it'll be better the next couple of days."

Tanguay said most of the strength in the right shoulder was back yesterday.

Tanguay has collected three goals and five assists in 14 games. He's been much better the last few outings and his status was a relief for head coach Jim Playfair.

"It's huge news it's just a burner. He'll probably be skating (today) and play on Friday," Playfair said.

Tanguay's status wasn't the only good news for Calgary. Defenceman Andrei Zyuzin, who missed the game against Dallas with a groin injury, skated yesterday -- the lone non-goalie to do so -- and is expected to be given the green light when the Ducks call.

Left winger Jeff Friesen (flu) isn't likely to return. "We'll get two out of three back," Playfair said. "I don't think Freeze will be ready for Friday. He was in for a few minutes and left right away. We'll see where he is."


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