Jokinen's goal was karma
RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
|Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen celebrates his first goal of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)
Olli Jokinen said he doesnít believe in karma.
Still, it seemed the age-old belief a personís actions affect their future, came into play when the Calgary Flames centre recorded his first goal of the season.
Jokinen was credited with Calgaryís first goal in Thursdayís 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but immediately told the officials he didnít 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.
ďIím not the type of guy to steal goals. Itís not about that. Itís about winning. I know if I keep doing things Iíve been doing, Iíll score and our line will score,Ē Jokinen said. ďI donít know how you can live with yourself if you did not tell the ref you didnít touch it. Was there anybody who saw it differently? It was pretty clear it hit their defenceman.
ďI almost scored, but it hit their d-man and I told the ref. Theyíre good these days, check everything up top, but I wanted to make sure they knew.
ďI wanted to make sure I didnít get my first one that way.Ē
Hagman, who netted his fourth goal of the season, probably wouldnít have minded if a goal credited to Jokinen would send the centre on an offensive roll.
Not that he wasnít thankful to his fellow Finn.
ďI saw that it hit something in front of the net. I wasnít sure how or who put it in,Ē Hagman said. ďItís nice to see honest guys, and for him to get a goal, itís nice to see.
Jokinenís 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 hasnít gone unnoticed, although his chase for a goal didnít raise the attention of Edmonton rookie Taylor Hall.
But Jokinen said it wasnít that big of a relief to finally light the lamp.
ďItís always nice to score, but itís not about goals and points here. Itís playing a certain way and trying to do little things right,Ē he said. ďSince that Detroit game, the game I didnít 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 Iíve been hanging around there.
ďBut Iím not going to stand around here and lie to you and say it doesnít feel good. Itís always nice to put one in.Ē