January 30, 2013
Flames' Tanguay passes credit for upcoming milestone

Alex Tanguay's next assist will be the 500th of his career. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - Must be the pass-first mentality.

After Tuesday’s practice at the Saddledome, Calgary Flames setup ace Alex Tanguay was informed his next assist will be No. 500 of his NHL career.

His first reaction was a shrug of the shoulders, followed by a protest it’s anything more than a round number.

And after that? Typical setup man, he passed the credit to others.

“When you play with 50-goal scorers — I played with (Joe) Sakic and I play with Jarome Iginla — I think anytime you make a good pass to those guys in a good position, your chances are very high that it’s going to go in the back of the net,” Tanguay said.

“If I make a good pass to Iginla on a one-timer, he probably scores on 45-50% of those shots. As opposed to a shooter, the top shooters in the league — the TOP shooters — will be 15-20% on a yearly basis, so I do feel if you make a good pass, that’s always an option where the scoring percentage is higher.”