Tanguay now a finisher

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

ST. PAUL — Alex Tanguay is earning a reputation as a finisher.

He scored once in regulation to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 lead in the third period, and then added one of two goals for the visitors in the shootout to help them come away with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

But in between those high points, he was stoned by Niklas Backstrom on a breakaway in overtime, and then failed to even get a shot or pass away on a two-on-one in the dying seconds of extra time.

“The bench was screaming ‘Two, two.’ I thought they were saying two-on-one, but it was the clock they were talking about,” Tanguay said with a grin after the victory, knowing he made up for it with his blocker-side snipe in the showdown. “I guess I was a little slow on that one. I thought

I had time to make a play.

“When you’re at home, you know where the clock is at the end. At the opposing rink, you maybe have to take a better look next time. The puck was bouncing,

I didn’t get to do that. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll take that point in the shootout.”

Two points total, as the Flames improved to 11-13-2.

“It seems like they don’t come very often for us this year,” he added. “We battled hard.”

Tanguay finished with the regulation goal on three shots in 22:30 of ice time and added to his team lead with his 23rd point in 26 games this year.

He could have had his ninth goal and 24th point of the season in overtime as he scooted past all the Wild defenders and broke in alone on Backstrom, but couldn’t put the puck through the goaltender’s pads for the victory.

“I made a good move. I was just too excited. If I’d waited and went to the side, I probably would have scored,” Tanguay said.

“I tried to go quick five-hole on him and he’s a good goaltender.

“One for two on him on the breakaway, I’ll take that any day.”

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