Flats has Eye of the Tiger

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Who knew Vancouver Canucks goalie instructor guru Ian Clark was in town to help Wade Flaherty with his punching skills?

As the Manitoba Moose were putting the final touches on preparations to face the Cleveland Barons tonight in American Hockey League action at the MTS Centre, things got tense between Flaherty and veteran forward Josh Green as the two came to blows.

The first incident occurred during a routine shooting drill.

"It was stupid," Green explained. "Flats is an old cagey goalie and he likes to take my legs out from underneath me when I go to the net. He's done it before and it got under my skin a little bit. I probably didn't make it any better by throwing my stick at him. It's not a big deal and it's not going to affect anything at all. It's just frustration or whatever. I should have just walked away. It's over and done with."

Shot to the mask

They were separated and things seemed to be back to normal, at least until Green hit Flaherty in the mask with a shot on his next turn.

Flaherty took exception to the shot, chased after Green and swung his stick wildly at him.

Again the two were separated and this time Green left the ice and headed to the dressing room.

"Usually it's forwards and Ds, but I've seen a couple goalies snap now and then but those are things that happen a couple times a year. It's not an issue," said Moose head coach Alain Vigneault. "Clarkie came off the ice and said 'I didn't like Flats' mechanics there.' He was talking about his left jab and his right hook and not getting them off quick enough."

Later, in a move that brought plenty of laughter from interested onlookers, the theme song from the Rocky movies -- Eye of the Tiger -- was blasting over the loudspeakers as Flaherty came out to address the media.

"Emotions run a little bit, but the bottom line is that we're getting ready for a game tomorrow night and what's happened is under the bridge," said Flaherty, who planned to discuss the incident with Green yesterday. "It doesn't really deserve a response."

MOOSE TRACKS: The Moose plan to wear a commemorative 10th anniversary jersey for tonight's game and raise a 10th anniversary banner. Twenty-eight of those jerseys will be available to the public. Six will be given away to a member in the crowd, six will be available tonight in a silent auction and the remaining 16 will be sold on e-bay, with some of the proceeds going to the Moose Yearling Foundation ... The Moose expect to honour the 1,000,000th fan to walk through the MTS Centre doors on Saturday night and that individual will receive a prize package that includes two free tickets to every single event at the MTS Centre in 2006 along with a commemorative Moose jersey.


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