Originally created 04/24/04

Colorado's Tanguay expects to return for Game 2 against Sharks



SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Colorado left wing Alex Tanguay expects to play Saturday after missing the Avalanche's last two playoff games with a knee injury.

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