The first one, ironically, lacked any trace of the trademark audacity we've come to expect as a matter of course.

"A slapshot from the point,'' Alex Tanguay was reminiscing Monday. "I think it was Adam Foote. I tipped it. It went right to Pepe (Claude Lemieux) back door and he put it in. He went straight for the puck afterwards. I was pretty excited. First game. It was nice.''

Only makes sense that Tanguay's first big-league point would be a helper.

That was 495 assists ago, 12 [ ] years ago, 869 regular-season commitments ago.