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The Jokinen effect

Flames centre making his presence felt since being acquired at trade deadline

Thursday, 12.03.2009 / 10:43 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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The Jokinen effect
Olli Jokinen has wasted little time making a difference in Calgary.

The centre, acquired by the Flames on trade deadline day from the Phoenix Coyotes, has recorded two, two-goal games, and a shootout winner since playing his first game as a Flame on March 5 against Philadelphia.

And the guy hasn't even had a chance to unpack. The Coyotes were in Boston when the trade took place so it was easy for Jokinen to hop to Philadelphia to join the Flames on their longest road trip of the season.

Six games later and stops in Carolina, Atlanta, New Jersey, Detroit and Toronto, Jokinen can finally touch down in Calgary and get his bearings -- his first home game will be Wednesday when the Flames host the Dallas Stars.

Jokinen's debut was a beauty -- he scored twice as the Flames romped over the Flyers.

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In Detroit, at Joe Louis where the Flames had not won since 2005, Jokinen scored twice and then buried the winner with a top shelf wrist shot in the shootout to give the Flames a much-needed win.
As games go, that performance in Detroit might have been his best as a Flame. He wanted the puck. He wanted to make a difference. And he certainly did.

The win in Detroit was considered critical for several reasons. First, The Wings were the top team in the Western Conference. Second, the Flames had dropped three straight on the road after winning the first two games of the seven-game road epic. A loss in Detroit would have ensured a losing road which would have put a damper on the trade deadline deals that brought Jokinen and Jordan Leopold to the Flames.