Calm, cool, collected

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

Wade Flaherty had already shown he was a calming influence between the pipes for the Manitoba Moose.

Throwing up a goose-egg as the Moose were able to close out the St. John's Maple Leafs 4-0 to win the American Hockey League North Division semifinal, was icing on the cake.

"It's nice," said Flaherty, the reigning Calder Cup MVP. "The one thing about that team (Maple Leafs), they don't get many opportunities but when they do, they seem to be right there on the doorstep. You stay focused as best you can and you do what you do when called upon.

"It's a confidence builder for me and the team."

Despite giving up six goals in a Game 2 loss, Flaherty had a 4-1 record, a 2.58 GAA and .909 save percentage in the opening round, stopping 130 of 143 shots that came his way.

PARTING SHOT: Maple Leafs head coach Doug Shedden couldn't resist delivering one final salvo toward the officiating in the series.

After being eliminated on Friday night, Shedden was asked by a TV reporter if he was going to remember the series as being about penalties when he looks back at it?

"Am I going to remember this series was about penalties? I'm going to remember it was the finest refereed series I've ever been involved with," said Shedden, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "The NHL has a bright future."

To recap, Shedden was not thrilled by the work of Gordon Dwyer in Game 1 or Bob Langdon, especially in Game 4.

SO LONG: Friday night's loss marked the end of the road for the St. John's Maple Leafs franchise.

After 14 seasons in Newfoundland, the Toronto Maple Leafs are moving the team to the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto for the 2005-06 season, where they will be known as the Toronto Marlies.

BY THE NUMBERS: Here's a final example of how good a job the Moose did in shutting down the Maple Leafs dynamic duo of Kyle Wellwood and David Ling.

Moose goalie Wade Flaherty actually had more points (one) than either Wellwood or Ling during the three games in Winnipeg and Maple Leafs goalie Mikael Tellqvist finished the series with as many assists (two) as Ling had points.

BY THE NUMBERS II: Perhaps Carlyle had a point when it comes to dissecting his club's power play in the regular season.

Although the Moose only fired home four power-play goals in the five-game series, three of those goals were game-winners. Lee Goren had the winner in Games 1 and 4 and Jesse Schultz had the winning goal in Game 5.

The Moose, who had the fifth best power play during the regular season (18.5%) finished the series 4-for-34 (11.8%) and were ranked 12th of 16 playoff teams going into last night's action.

But give them credit for getting it done when it mattered most.

By comparison, the Maple Leafs were 4-for-33 with the man advantage (12.1%).

BIG CROWDS: Not only did the Maple Leafs and Moose provide some entertaining hockey, they'll be the best attended opening round series by a significant margin.

Thanks to a crowd of 10,904 at the MTS Centre on Friday night, which required the upper bowl be opened, the five games in the series saw a total of 36,141 fans come through the gates.

In three games in Winnipeg, the Moose averaged 9,367 fans to leave them tops in attendance.


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