Canucks get worked over

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET


 The Moose is going home with his proverbial tail between his legs.

 And the rest of Johan Hedberg's Vancouver teammates were just as embarrassed after Calgary evened their series against the Canucks with a 4-0 win at the 'Dome

 Hedberg said it was clear he lost the goaltending battle with Flames counterpart Miikka Kiprusoff last night.

 "I always look at the other goaltender and try to have a game-in-the-game against him," Hedberg said. "Miikka got the win tonight so I'll do everything I can to get it back next time."

 Calgary ended up with a 32-20 advantage on the shot clock and Kiprusoff wasn't called on to make any monstrous saves as the Flames grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second period and then tightened the screws on the Canucks.

 Vancouver sniper Brendan Morrison said the Canucks weren't able to establish position in front of the Flames crease, which was a major factor in the first three games of the series.

 "We didn't do a good enough job of getting there and they blocked a lot of shots, too," Morrison said. "They did a great job of getting in the shooting lanes."

 After the first period, the two rivals appeared to be locked in another tight game that would likely come down to the final minutes. But when Stephane Yelle scored a shorthanded goal 58 seconds into the middle frame, the air went out of the Canucks' sails.

 "I thought the first period was even but once they got that shorthanded goal, they took over," Morrison said. "They pretty much ran us out of the rink. They were physical. That was their game plan and they did what they said they were going to do."

 Captain Markus Naslund leads the team with two goals and five points in the series but said he couldn't get on track against the determined Flames.

 "It was definitely more physical and they initiated most of it.

 "I think it was a case of them wanting it more," Naslund added. "They outbattled us for loose pucks right from the drop of the puck. We have to play with more intensity. We were beaten, as far as work ethic goes, on our powerplay, even strength, all over the ice. We have to take something out of this, regroup and come out with a totally different effort next game."


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