Winger feels 'great' in practice

Updated: April 27, 2004, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Colorado left wing Alex Tanguay expects to return to the lineup Saturday after a knee injury kept him out of the Avalanche's last two playoff games.

Tanguay had two goals and two assists in Colorado's first four playoff games against the Dallas Stars, but the All-Star sat out the series-clinching victory and Thursday night's loss to the San Jose Sharks in the second-round opener.

He participated in a full practice Friday, and he expects no problems getting ready for Game 2.

"I felt great out there for a whole practice," Tanguay said. "It really hurts not being with the guys. It comes to a point where you don't have any more nails to bite, and you're just anxious to get out there. The odds are pretty good."

Tanguay was the NHL's ninth-leading scorer during the regular season, recording 79 points despite missing 13 games. He was the Avalanche's second-leading scorer behind captain Joe Sakic, who had 87.

Tanguay is a five-year veteran and a member of the Avalanche's Stanley Cup-winning team in 2001.

"He's skating very well, and he should be available [Saturday]," coach Tony Granato said.


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