Sailing from deep inside the Calgary Flames zone to just outside the Chicago Blackhawks blueline, there was no doubt where Alex Tanguay's offering would land.

Predictably, it was right on the tape wrapped around the blade of Jarome Iginla's stick, springing the Flames captain for a breakaway in the late stages of a one-goal game.

Making the best of his opportunity, Iginla faked out goaltender Ray Emery and padded the lead.

Huge move.

And it shows the importance of a (relatively) healthy Alex Tanguay in the Flames lineup.

Tanguay has played three games since returning from a neck injury that kept him out of 16 NHL contests, but the 32-year-old left-winger is getting better with every outing.

Playing more than 20 minutes Friday night in the 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks, the product of Ste-Justine, Que., helped the Flames do something they have struggled to do without him — put the final nail in an opponent's coffin with an insurance goal.

"He brings a lot of skill to our lineup — he just finds ways to produce," said Iginla, whose Flames enjoyed a day-off Saturday ahead of a three-game road trip that begins Monday in Anaheim against the host Ducks (8 p.m., Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960). "He just finds ways to make players he plays with better.