EDMONTON, Alberta - Alex Tanguay doesn’t feel back to normal yet. But for the Colorado Avalanche, a lessthan-100 percent Tanguay is miles better than no Tanguay at all. Tanguay has scored three goals with one assist in four games since returning from an injured right knee that kept him out just more than three weeks. Tanguay has re-energized Colorado’s second line that includes Ian Laperriere and Brett McLean, and he has helped take pressure off the team’s first line. In the 10 games Tanguay missed, Joe Sakic, Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk accounted for 15 of Colorado’s 33 goals and 28 total points. “We saw balance in our scoring all year long, and probably over that stretch without Tangs, it seemed to drop off and be a little bit more on Joe’s group to do a lot of the scoring,” Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. “The power play too over that stretch wasn’t as effective as it needed to be, and (Tanguay) certainly helps.” Tanguay said Saturday that the few days off before the start of the playoffs would be beneficial. “That’s going to be a nice break for me,” he said. “But I’ve felt good. Obviously, physically I still need to get into hockey shape a little bit more. After a shift I get a little bit more tired than I should, but it’s feeling better and better.” Return of Wolski? Rookie forward Wojtek Wolski, who earned a spot on the Avalanche roster and then was sent back to juniors after nine games, could re-join Colorado for the playoffs. “We’ll see,” Quenneville said. “I know we’ve got hockey meetings (today) regarding the playoffs, and we’ll go from there.” . . . Injured forward Brad May (groin) skated Monday morning, and Quenneville said he hoped to have him available for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. . . . Sakic’s first period goal Monday was the 574th of his career, and it gave him sole possession of 17th place on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. Sakic was tied with Mike Bossy.
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