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Flames' top line shines

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

It was just an intra-squad game but if first impressions mean anything, the Flames may just have something positive with their new top line.

Alex Tanguay scored once and set up two tallies, while Olli Jokinen netted a goal and an assist to pace Team Red to a 3-1 victory over the White squad in Monday afternoon’s scrimmage.

Tanguay and Jokinen, the summer’s new faces despite being old faces, are pegged to skate on a line with captain Jarome Iginla this coming season. Iginla was held pointless Monday.

“We’re just trying to build some chemistry and trying to find the things that will make us successful. We had some chances, so that was good,” Tanguay said.

The trio are expected to headline the team which will play host to the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night in one of two split-squad games.

“As we go along here, their pace will pick up, as will the pace of the teams they’re against. It’s doing it all at a high tempo,” head coach Brent Sutter said of his top line.

Iginla and Jokinen played together and came nowhere near reaching expectations. Tanguay’s passing skills may pull it together.

“A lot of it is just playing to our strengths,” Iginla said. “Olli is flying, so let him skate and skate with (the puck). I’ve got to shoot, skate and get in around the net, and Tangs can score but is a natural, gifted passer.

“It’s about playing to what we’ve played to and put the pieces together.”

Jay Bouwmeester also scored for Red, sliding home a loose puck when Jokinen stepped in from the point — which he was manning on the powerplay — and snapped a shot.

Niklas Hagman scored for White, which received strong goaltending from pegged No.-2 Henrik Karlsson.

“That was fun. To be on the ice again. It was a long time from games,” said Karlsson, who is slated to play for the squad which will travel to Vancouver. “I want to prove myself every day here for my new teammates. That’s important for me.”

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