CALGARY - There are heavy shots, and there are those fueled by fast food.
Olli Jokinen’s first-period blast from the top of the circle qualified as both.
The big Finn got all of his slapper, which ricocheted back out of the net so fast only Jokinen knew he scored.
Play was paused as he celebrated alone, skating to centre ice with his arms outstretched, and the officiating crew went upstairs to check on the validity of the goal. Meanwhile, he high-fived teammates and went to the bench without doubt it would be deemed legit to snap his goal-scoring slump of 14 games.
Turns out there was a reason.
“Four years ago, when I was in Phoenix and went through a similar slump, (Wayne) Gretzky told me to go have a burger, relax, don’t think about hockey …” Jokinen told TSN’s Jermain Franklin during the first intermission of Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Saddledome. “I did the same thing (Thursday) night.
“I had a Big Mac meal from McDonald’s, and maybe that was the key to score.”
I smell a new sponsor.
The NFL reviews every touchdown. With all the hype surrounding the clock debacle at the Staples Center this week, could there be talk of some sort of automatic review process in the NHL in the future?
“In certain situations, they may call for it, but I don’t think it’s necessary for every goal,” said Flames centre Blair Jones. “If something could have gone wrong, ya. But it’s not necessary for every goal.”
Well, then maybe a coach’s challenge …
“At times, it would be nice to have,” said Flames bench boss Brent Sutter. “But at times, when you see the process of what can be challenged and what can’t be challenged, do you want the game to go that way?
“When you’re standing on the bench as a coach, you wouldn’t notice that (what happened) with the clock (in Los Angeles). How are you going to notice that when you’re watching the play? The only way you’d know was if someone upstairs said, ‘Hey, this is what happened,’ and they may not know it until five or 10 minutes after the game is over.”
Veteran Flames defenceman Scott Hannan isn’t sure how he’d feel about a coach’s challenge option creating delays.
“That’s a tough one, because you can really slow down the game if people are challenging plays,” Hannan said. “It’s set up pretty well the way it is — they review most of the goals. It would be tough if people could throw a flag or stop the play when you have a chance.”
Sam Gagner’s incredible eight-point night didn’t go unnoticed by his peers.
“I’ve had five and four a couple times, but eight is another category. I was watching it, and it was exciting,” said Flames winger Michael Cammalleri. “It was fun to watch.”
The NHL record is 10 points in one game, held by former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler.
Cammalleri wants to know if his pee-wee performances count.
“The Household Cup — all-Ontario final game — I think I had 10,” said the native of Richmond Hill, Ont. “One goal and nine assists — I was a passer then. Different league.”
Mikael Backlund thought Gagner’s big night was “pretty cool” but said he wouldn’t sell his soul for 10 points.
“I would sell my soul to win a Cup,” he added.
Think the Flames missed Alex Tanguay’s pretty passes? Just look at his breakaway offering to Jarome Iginla for Friday night’s third goal — 120 feet right on the tape … Krys Kolanos’ Flames debut came in front of plenty of friends and family members. The Calgary product was amped up in anticipation after the morning skate. “There will be over 100,” Kolanos said. “I’ve got a great support system here in town. It’s going to be really exciting to play in front of them. It’s an unbelievable experience and feeling. I grew up a Flames fan and watched them win a Cup when I was eight years old. It just feels like it’s a part of me.” … Jones had something to celebrate Friday — the arrival of a few suitcases full of clothing. The forward had been living out of his one small bag for almost a month after coming over from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade. One suit, a couple of dress shirts and a couple of pairs of pants was all he had until Friday. The credit card got a bit of a workout while he waited for his old wardrobe to arrive.
On Twitter: @SUNMacfarlane