Alex Tanguay, in high spirits, dared anyone to hang a concussion diagnosis on him.

In fact, the Calgary Flames left-winger invited reporters to feel free to analyze his well-being.

"You guys can look in my eyes and see how I feel," Tanguay, cackling, said Thursday afternoon. "I don't think I'm at a point where I should be worrying about my head. I'm feeling better."

Tanguay went on to insist he'd aced his concussion examination in the aftermath of Monday's collision against the Chicago Blackhawks.

One element of the test had been memorizing five words, which he did successfully. Even a day later, Tanguay remembered them. Without much prompting, he grinned and rattled them off rapid-fire - "baby, monkey, perfume, sunset, iron."