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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