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Tanguay's been tremendous

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

Jarome Iginla has dominated the headlines of late.

And rightfully so.

Hitting 1,000 points in dramatic fashion will garner a little attention.

Under slightly different circumstances, Alex Tanguay would be a major story.

With the Calgary Flames clinging to their playoff hopes, the talented winger has put up some big numbers and has come through at key times.

The 31-year-old potted a pair of goals and seven points in the last three tilts. The game before that, he potted the shootout winner to complete an unlikely, season-saving comeback over the Oilers.

Still, he’s fine with Iginla hogging the spotlight.

“I’m fine with where I’m at,” Tanguay said with a smile.

“When you sign as a player, you want to help your team and put yourself in a position to be a contributor.

“That’s all I’m trying to do. I’ve been enjoying my situation here.”

Tanguay has made no secret of the fact he loves playing on a line with Iginla.

It was the reason he signed a bargain-basement, one-year deal for US$1.7 million.

It’s paid off huge for the Flames and for the player, who already has 65 points this season.

After two forgettable seasons in Montreal (41 points) and Tampa Bay (37 points), Tanguay is back on track.

“I’m back to where I feel I’m capable of playing,” he said. “I thought I was playing decent in Montreal, but people end up looking at the numbers and I only had 41 points, but I only played 50 games that year.

“Last year was a difficult year. I admitted it, moved past it and it made me work even harder over the summer.

“I’m just really enjoying hockey right now. Since Christmas, like the rest of the team, I’ve probably had as much fun as anybody in the league.”

With his 65 points and counting, Tanguay may have priced himself right out of Calgary.

He would certainly generate interest on the open market this summer — if he chooses to go that route.

But it sounds like he’d be open to playing with his friend and captain on a long-term basis.

Iginla had just 69 points in 2009-10. And it’s probably no coincidence both players are enjoying bounce-back seasons.

“He’s a superstar in this league and has been for a long time,” Tanguay, who scored the game-winner in Colorado Sunday night, said of Iginla.

“After a year that isn’t up to par compared to what you brought to the table before, you always have to prove yourself.

“In hockey, you’re only as good as your last game.”

If those are the parameters, Tanguay has been pretty good, too.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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