Jokinen's goal was karma

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen celebrates his first goal of the season against the Colorado...

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen celebrates his first goal of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

Olli Jokinen said he doesn’t believe in karma.

Still, it seemed the age-old belief a person’s actions affect their future, came into play when the Calgary Flames centre recorded his first goal of the season.

Jokinen was credited with Calgary’s first goal in Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but immediately told the officials he didn’t touch the puck shot by Niklas Hagman.

It was quickly awarded to Hagman.

By the end of the second period, though, Jokinen finally lit the lamp.

“I’m not the type of guy to steal goals. It’s not about that. It’s about winning. I know if I keep doing things I’ve been doing, I’ll score and our line will score,” Jokinen said. “I don’t know how you can live with yourself if you did not tell the ref you didn’t touch it. Was there anybody who saw it differently? It was pretty clear it hit their defenceman.

“I almost scored, but it hit their d-man and I told the ref. They’re good these days, check everything up top, but I wanted to make sure they knew.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t get my first one that way.”

Hagman, who netted his fourth goal of the season, probably wouldn’t have minded if a goal credited to Jokinen would send the centre on an offensive roll.

Not that he wasn’t thankful to his fellow Finn.

“I saw that it hit something in front of the net. I wasn’t sure how or who put it in,” Hagman said. “It’s nice to see honest guys, and for him to get a goal, it’s nice to see.

Jokinen’s return to the Flames has been a lightning rod for critics of the team and GM Darryl Sutter.

The fact he took so long to finally score hasn’t gone unnoticed, although his chase for a goal didn’t raise the attention of Edmonton rookie Taylor Hall.

But Jokinen said it wasn’t that big of a relief to finally light the lamp.

“It’s always nice to score, but it’s not about goals and points here. It’s playing a certain way and trying to do little things right,” he said. “Since that Detroit game, the game I didn’t play well (and was benched the final 12 minutes), I had a talk with the coaches. My game is to be around the net and being in front of the net on the powerplay. so I’ve been hanging around there.

“But I’m not going to stand around here and lie to you and say it doesn’t feel good. It’s always nice to put one in.”

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