New guy has Finn-ish

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- To say Olli Jokinen's impact on the Calgary Flames was quick would be an understatement.

About as fast as instant coffee in a microwave.

The team's marquee trade-deadline acquisition scored twice in the first period to pace the Flames to their 5-1 thumping of the Philadelphia Flyers last night.

Michael Cammalleri scored once in a three-point outing, while Jarome Iginla netted a pair of assists. Seven points for the club's new top line is an impressive debut for the trio.

Jokinen didn't flinch when told the expectations in Calgary are going to be sky-high for him and his linemates each and every night after a performance like that.

"That's good," he said.

"It's nice to be in a market where hockey matters. Getting a chance to play with great players like that, Iggy and Cammy, it's amazing.

"The bottom line is we got two points. I've never been part of a winning team, so it's an amazing feeling when you come to a team and get a start like that."

Actually, both of the club's newcomers had an offensive impact to help the Flames go two-for-two to start their seven-game road swing.

Jordan Leopold also scored in his first game back with the team that brought him into the NHL but traded him a couple of summers back.

If only you could corner those kinds of dividends on the stock market.

"We were all pretty pumped up," Iginla said.

"This is our team now. This is it. We know we have injured guys, but there are no more questions. It's now a sprint to the finish, and we were pretty jacked up."

The Flyers were left in the wake of that euphoria.

All those wondering how Jokinen would fare alongside Flames captain Jarome Iginla didn't have to wait long to find out.

He showed what all the fuss was all about before the first period's midway point by re-directing Iginla's perfect cross-ice feed behind Flyers starting goalie Antero Niittymaki.

That play was a showcase of Iginla's passing ability, but Jokinen's other tally was a display of his touch and skill.

He elected to shoot while enjoying another odd-man rush, and ripped an off-wing wrister top-shelf.

Three shots, two goals, one heck of a night -- and all in the first period.

"That was pretty impressive, a goal-scorer's goal," Iginla said of Jokinen's rocket.

"No goalie's stopping that shot."

For his part, Jokinen said he was simply finishing off plays set up by perfect feeds.

Cammalleri threaded a pass under a defender's stick to give him the glorious position before firing the puck.

"The pass Iggy made, it was amazing," said Jokinen.

"I had a pretty easy job to put it in. The second goal, Mike made an unbelievable pass, too.

"It's a lot of fun playing with those two guys."

Not to be outdone, Leopold also took his turn lighting the lamp before what quickly became a surly crowd of 19,513 at the Wachovia Center.

The defenceman was behind the goal line in the Philly zone while his team was buzzing around and simply put the puck towards the front of the cage.

It banked in off Niittymaki to make it a 4-0 affair before the first intermission.

"I didn't get a lot of sleep (Wednesday) night and didn't have a good pre-game nap, so I was running on adrenaline, so it's a good feeling to win," Leopold said.

"It's the first time I've won in a couple of weeks."

Craig Conroy rounded out Calgary's scoring with a third-period goal that gave him a two-point night.

Curtis Glencross earned a couple of helpers for the Flames (39-19-6), who now have a 10-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division chase.

Miikka Kiprusoff's shutout bid was ruined by Mike Knuble's third-third period goal.

The Flames face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.


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