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Tanguay doesn't need motivation

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

DENVER -- Alex Tanguay can't fathom why he'd be the target of derision from Colorado Avalanche fans.

That doesn't mean it wouldn't give him an extra kick.

The Calgary Flames forward, whose status for tonight's game in Denver is up in the air due to a charley horse, plans on making his return to the Pepsi Center for the first time since he was traded.

"If the crowd decides they want to do the boo thing, well I've got enough motivation for this team but that certainly would be a little extra motivation," he said.

Tanguay skated yesterday with the rest of Calgary's walking wounded in Denver and would love to play.

He called Colorado home for six seasons and scored the winning goal in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup final against New Jersey.

But that's not the memory that stands out the most.

"All of us remember Ray (Bourque) lifting up the Stanley Cup at centre ice," he said. "The fans were cheering as if we'd scored the game winner in overtime when he lifted the Cup. That's a fine memory."

Tanguay compiled 400 points in 450 games with the Avs before being sent to Calgary for Jordan Leopold and a pair of draft choices. He played his first home game for the Avs when the Pepsi Center opened.

In that October 1999 game, he lined up with Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk.

"Yeah, lots of good memories in that building. It was a fun time, for many years. It's gonna be interesting to play there the first time with another jersey," he said.


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