Tingle felt by Tanguay more from hit than trade talk

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- If it was Alex Tanguay's last game as a member of the Calgary Flames, it ended with a bang.

A hit from an awkward angle resulted in a neck "burner" and ended his afternoon early.

With his name bandied about more for trade talk than his recent play, Tanguay said the bump from Minnesota Wild defenceman Kurtis Foster seven minutes into the first period wouldn't prevent a trade if that's what the Flames want to do.

"If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen," he said in the locker-room after the game. "This is not an injury. There's not going to be any restriction if they have to do it."

The play seemed innocent enough. Nearing the end of a shift, Tanguay caught sight of Foster approaching from behind in front of the Wild bench.

"I tried to kind of lean a shoulder into him. He kind of lifted my shoulder a little bit and jammed my neck," said Tanguay. "I couldn't feel my arm at all. I had to drag my arm to the bench. I felt like I had electricity in my hands."

Tanguay said it was still pinching a bit after the game.

In his absence, Marcus Nilson stepped up admirably on the second line alongside Craig Conroy and Owen Nolan.

"(NIlson) played great," said Conroy. "He said he was a little tired at times, but he was working, battling, winning all those one-on-one battles down low."

Asked to chat in the locker-room, Nilson said he needed to take a seat first. He was probably only half joking after logging 12 minutes 30 seconds of ice time, including a little on the powerplay.

"It felt good. At the end of the game, my legs were getting really tired. It's been a long time since I've played a regular shift," said Nilson. "You're working hard off the ice and you're in good shape, but there's nothing like playing a game."

Nilson earned an assist on the winning goal, chipping a long pass out of the defensive zone to Nolan, who set up Conroy for the score.


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