Flames Scorch Hawks 6-4, Series Tied 2-2

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It took Olli Jokinen just over 200 minutes of post-season action to score his first playoff goal. His second playoff goal came much sooner… only 8 minutes later, to be precise. Jokinen’s 2-goals in the second period helped to propel the Flames to a 6-4 win in game 4 of their conference quarterfinal series.

Jokinen capitalized on a poor play from Hawks defenceman Cam Barker to score his first goal. While trying to control a rolling puck in his own corner Barker coughed the puck up to Jokinen right in the slot. Jokinen one-timed the puck over Nikolai Khabibulin to give the Flames an early 2-1 lead.

After Adrian Aucoin scored on a shot from the point to make it 3-1, Jokinen scored his 2nd of the game to give the Flames a seemingly insurmountable 3-goal lead. Jokinen’s second goal came on the rush, after a nice feed from Dion Phaneuf. Jokinen backhanded a shot that got thru the Buhlin Wall and found the back of the net.

After Calgary’s 3rd goal in the 2nd period, the Saddledome erupted into pandemonium and the Flames seemed to overlook the fact that they still had more than 30 minutes of hockey to play before the series would be tied at 2-2. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville called a time-out after Jokinen’s goal and it seemed to change the momentum of the game.

Chicago came out and scored 3-straight goals to tie the game at 4-4 before the 2nd intermission. Chris Versteeg scored his first-ever playoff goal, and Sami Pahlsson and Cam Barker added goals to draw the Blackhawks even after 40 minutes.

Calgary’s playoff experience showed in the 3rd when they came out and played a strong final period. They kept Chicago’s shots on goal to a manageable 11 for Mikka Kiprusoff and continued to play strong down the stretch.

Calgary fans gained a new favourite player at 13:04 of the 3rd period when Eric Nystrom banged in a rebound off a Cory Sarich point shot to give the Flames the victory. Nystrom’s 2nd goal of the playoffs was his first post-season game winning goal and came at just the right time. Nystrom was mobbed by his team-mates as the fans partied in the stands.

Jarome Iginla also notched an important point in the Captain vs. Captain battle of this series. While Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was held off the scorebord for the entire game, Iginla scored 2 goals, and added an assist to lead the Flames to victory. Iginla scored the Flames first goal on the powerplay and added an empty-netter to seal the win for the home team. This battle has been an interesting one to watch as both players are very talented offensively, yet are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of playoff experience. As the series progresses, this will be a key factor in who gains the 4th win to advance to the Conference Semifinals.

About Greg Hounslow (558 Posts)

Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.


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