Chemistry surfacing between Iggy, Olli

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

If you're looking for a sign Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen are starting to click, just review the goal they created last night.

Iginla was deep in Florida Panthers territory and banked a pass off the end boards to Jokinen on the other side of the ice. Jokinen immediately fed the puck back across the crease, and the captain had no trouble finishing the give-and-go with a shot into an open net. Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun had no chance, and his teammates were mesmerized by what transpired.

That's the kind of play Flames fans imagined seeing when Jokinen was acquired at the trade deadline last season.

"We've been doing that in the practices," Jokinen said. "You try, before the puck gets to you, too know where you're going to put the puck next. In practice, you can try plays like that, and it paid off (last night). It's a step in the right direction."

Almost lost amidst the ongoing Theoren Fleury comeback and top-rate performances by Daymond Langkow and Curtis Glencross in the 5-2 pre-season win was Jokinen's three-point night and Iginla's goal and assist.

The top-line forwards are building real chemistry.

"I'm a big believer the way you practice is the way you play," said Jokinen, who has six points in two pre-season games. "Last year, getting traded at the deadline, playing most of the games at the end of the year ... there was probably 10 or 15 practices.

"Last year, we tried to build the chemistry through the games. We've got to do that in the practice days."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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