Performance ain't toe bad

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Alex Tanguay's line yesterday included two assists, one minor penalty, one shot and one broken toe.

Quite a memorable 600th NHL game for the Calgary Flames forward.

"Almost was a short one," Tanguay said, an ice pack wrapped on his left foot. "It's in a place where the toe's pretty flat in the skate. There's been worse injuries guys have come back from and played. It'll be an interesting next couple of days, but hopefully, we'll be OK for Tuesday."

Tanguay's sleep last night couldn't have been comfortable, but he can take solace the pain was for a good cause.

Less than halfway into the first period, Tanguay lined up to block a Brent Sopel point shot, but the puck slammed right into his toe. He struggled to get to the bench and walked it off. He returned for a few more shifts in the first period, and an X-ray during the first intermission showed a cracked piggy.

"At first, I couldn't really push off, but we let it cool down. I wasn't really pushing off all that great after that, but we got through," he said.

On top of having a hand in Adrian Aucoin's game-opening powerplay goal, he set up Dion Phaneuf's tally that made it a 4-1 game.

He also saved a potential Chicago goal, knocking the puck off a player's stick from the slot. All in all, though, an eventful milestone outing.

"Six hundred games, I wouldn't call that a milestone. I'm 28 years old," he said. "I've got a long way to go, I hope. Hopefully I can stay away from the shots on the foot."


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