Olli Jokinen Needs to Play Calgary Style Hockey

Sandy MacPhersonContributor IApril 20, 2009

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 20: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames and Colin Fraser #46 of the Chicago Blackhawks battle for position during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)
Will we see the Olli Jokinen who makes a difference?

Will we see the Olli Jokinen who makes a difference?

Since coming over from Phoenix at the trade deadline, Olli Jokinen has shown flashes of brilliance.  At the same time he has also put together something of a disappearing act.   Of course he did not really disappear, but to onlookers trying to find a bulky Finnish center contributing to the Flames offense, he certainly was hard to find at times.

Jokinen got off to a tear in his first couple games with the red shirts, including a five point night against the hapless leafs in Toronto.  But as we have seen so far in this first round playoff match up against the Chicago Blackhawks, Jokinen needs to step up his game, if the flames are going to come back in this series.

Mind you, the rest of the flames need to step up their game as well.  A controversial ending to game one could have spun this series in an entirely different direction.

If Calgary wants to come back in this series, they need to feed off their now home ice advantage and play Calgary style—physical, pounding, going to the net, and winning the fights along the boards hockey.  Otherwise the Red Mile will be a dead mile, and the Flames will face another disappointing early exit from the playoffs.  Four!

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