'Nucks aim to get Yelle

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:52 PM ET


 How badly did the Vancouver Canucks want revenge on Stephane Yelle for singlehandly turning this series the Flames' way in Game 4? They double-teamed him at the end of the first period last night, when Martin Rucinsky and Jarkko Ruutu combined to push him over the boards into the Canucks' bench.

 Yelle was then sent crashing into the Canucks' goal in the second period before Bryan Allen took him out hard into the corner boards. But, in typical Yelle-like fashion, the playoff warhorse never really missed a beat.

 LOOSE PUCKS: Craig Conroy's game-opening goal early in the second period was his first playoff tally since 1999 when he netted two for the St. Louis Blues in 13 games ... Has anybody seen Brent Sopel? The Canucks d-man wouldn't mind seeing himself at least back in regular-season form ... Never mind making visors mandatory for wayward sticks. How about making them compulsory for errant pucks? Another player was dented by a biscuit last night, when Marek Malik, the league's co-winner of the plus-minus award, took a puck off the side of his face on a deflected pass off Stephane Yelle's stick in the opening minutes. Malik returned later in the first period looking none the worse for wear ... Perhaps the Canucks should invest in shares of Easton, Nike and the other companies producing those much-maligned one-piece composite sticks. The criticism of the sticks for breaking with ease is likely to reach new heights after the Canucks went to the powerplay twice when Chris Clark shattered two Canucks sticks with slashes. The second penalty called on Clark set up the Vancouver's second-period tying goal.

 ICE CHIPS: Tough to fault goalie Johan Hedberg for the Game 4 loss, when he got zero offensive support. Can't recall the last time a team won a game without scoring a goal ... When's the last time Brad May missed a playoff game as a healthy scratch? It's been at least six springs. Before taking an involuntary seat in the press box last night, the veteran of 59 playoff games was last sidelined in 1997 missing two of 12 post-season tilts with the Buffalo Sabres. In May's place on the ice last night was Tyler Bouck, a Camrose native with just one previous playoff game to his credit ... It seems Vancouverites aren't into bashing cars painted in opposition colours like the citizens of every other NHL playoff city. One creative West Coaster pulled up to GM Place in a VW Beetle tye-dyed in Canuck colours ... And let's forget attempts to mimic GM Place's mass singing of O Canada. Let's start our own tradition here tomorrow night. Perhaps some unique third-period chant to celebrate a series upset in six games.


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