Jokinen

Jokinen

No one knew what type of playoff performer Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen would be in the NHL until this season because for more than a decade his teams failed to qualify for the postseason.

Well, now we might just be learning that he’s clutch. The veteran scored twice in the Flames 6-4 win over Chicago, a victory that evened up the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece.

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald has the story.

In the Sun-Times, Neil Hayes explains how the Blackhawks’ valiant comeback from a three-goal deficit didn’t produce a win.

MK: I was a little off base in picking this series. But considering the injuries Calgary has suffered, it’s remarkable that they’ve made it a long one.

Elsewhere in the Western Conference:

•For San Jose to make its series with Anaheim go long, Patrick Marleau needs to match is Game 3 level of effort and production.

•Detroit is up 3-0 in its series with Columbus, so the players can have fun. Winger Kirk Maltby actually compares defenseman Brad Stuart, a former Boston Bruins backliner, to the “low talker” from “Seinfeld.” (MK: I can attest, this is very, very true.)

•For the Blue Jackets to force that series back to Detroit, they need to play desperate.

•The Bruins will have to answer the same questions as the Vancouver Canucks — how will a long layoff affect their play?