SUN Hockey Pool

Tanguay knows he's 'got to be smarter'

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

In two straight games, Alex Tanguay did the skate of shame.

Against both the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild, both 2-1 losses for the Calgary Flames, Tanguay was sent to the penalty box at the worst possible time.

The Flames were pushing for the equalizer and about to pull their goalie for the extra attacker when Tanguay took a penalty.

Against Detroit, it was a tripping call with 51 seconds left on the clock.

In Minnesota, Tanguay was flagged for goalie interference with 77 seconds remaining.

“Stupid penalty by me. The referee was looking at us, and their goalie gave me a shot in the head and I pushed him,” Tanguay stated. “I thought he was going to give us two minutes each, and that’s not what happened.

“It’s twice I’ve done it the last two games. Usually, I don’t take too many penalties, but it seems they’re coming at the same time when we lose.

“I’ve got to be smarter than that.”

Tanguay’s infractions actually give him more penalty minutes (10) than points (9) through the first 13 games of the season.

Although he wasn’t ducking blame for the penalty in Minnesota, he had a case to plead.

Tanguay was pushed into Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom, who responded with a shove. Tanguay returned the favour but received the lone penalty.

“It’s sometimes easier to play five-on-four than six-on-five late in the game when you’ve pulled your goalie, but it wasn’t a very smart play by me,” he admitted. “I didn’t make the right decision.”

Ice chips

The league hadn’t responded to D Cory Sarich’s hit on Wild F Matt Kassian, during which the Flames rearguard made contact with his shoulder to the head, but that doesn’t mean Sarich is in the clear. The NHL spent much of Saturday dealing with an appeal from San Jose’s Joe Thornton over his two-game banishment ... LW Brendan Morrison and LW Curtis Glencross didn’t practice with the team Saturday at the Saddledome. Glencross missed the Minnesota game due to a “lower body” injury ... The Flames will enjoy a day off Sunday before practising for a day prior to heading out for three more road games, beginning with a Tuesday game against the Colorado Avalanche.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca

twitter.com/RandySportak


Videos

Photos