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Flames captain Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal against the Red Wings with teammate Olli Jokinen...

Flames captain Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal against the Red Wings with teammate Olli Jokinen at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 3, 2011. (RENA LAVERTY/Reuters)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

DETROIT - An empty net and a lone defender were the only things keeping Jarome Iginla away from the hat-trick.

But the Calgary Flames captain dished the puck to Olli Jokinen and demanded his centre take the shot.

I was yelling at Olli to shoot, Iginla said with a laugh after a massive 4-1 victory Thursday night over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

I could see theyre a smart team I dont know if it was (Nicklas) Lidstrom or who it was, but hes just waiting to jump up. He knows I have two goals, the D-man, I could see him leaning.

I was happy to see (Jokinen) get that.

But not as happy as Flames fans were to see Iginla double his goal total for the season with a pair on the night.

And considering all the fuss about Jokinen and Iginla playing together again, Flames head coach Brent Sutter couldnt help but grin when talking about the line changes he made.

Maybe attempting the same thing over and over really can net different results after all.

Plenty considered Sutter crazy for reuniting the pair after many previous failed experiments over the last few years.

But Sutter said earlier in the day Jokinen is a different player and alluded that the combination which included gritty speed winger Curtis Glencross on the left flank might be just what Iginla needs to get going.

Point made.

The trio combined for seven points on the night.

It feels good, for sure, beamed Iginla, of both the win and the goals. To see that first one go in on the powerplay its been a little while.

Its just trying to get it going. I was trying tonight to just focus on moving and feeling good just trying to play.

I think Ive been thinking about it a little too much, and you get thinking and then you stop moving. Its a really quick game.

The fresh look worked out well, with Lee Stempniak (who played with Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison) opening the scoring and Iginla potting his pair to bookend the Red Wings only goal of the game a fluky deflection off his shoulder.

It was a strong road effort by the Flames, who didnt quite fare as well as theyd hoped (3-2-1) during their six-game homestand and were blown out in a 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the finale.

It was embarrassing the way we played against Vancouver, said Jokinen. We definitely wanted to bounce back and show people were a better team than we played the other night.

Playing against a Wings team that lost five in a row, they figured it would be a battle.

Along with a solid effort throughout the lineup, the Flames needed Iginla to step up and adapt to his new linemates style rather than the other two changing their game to suit the captain.

We did what we wanted to do, said Glencross, who feathered a pair of perfect passes to Iginla for the one-timer goals.

We talked to Brent before the game. When Iggys a power forward, hes hard to stop.

He did a great job tonight.

The entire team did, blocking 20 shots and making the most of their offensive opportunities.

Including the empty-netter.

To be honest, I wanted to give it back to him, Jokinen said of the potential hat-trick goal for Iginla.

But he was screaming pretty loud to shoot it.


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