During the AHL skills competition, Kolanos was assigned to the breakaway competition.
Apparently, accuracy shooting is his real strength.
With Chris Butler and Tim Jackman feeding him passes Sunday, Kolanos systematically shattered four targets with just four attempts to stun the Flames faithful.
Several of his teammates also hit all the targets, but some needed as many as eight pucks to get the job done.
“I’ve watched it before. When guys like Ray Bourque do it, they just take their time,” Kolanos said.
“If you’re only going to take four shots in that 16-second span, you just take your time and go about it that way. That’s just what I tried to do.”
Consider the strategy a success.
Kolanos, 30, wasn’t the only surprise winner in Sunday’s fan-friendly event at the Saddledome.
T.J. Brodie, who started the season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat but has been a full-timer with the Flames since mid-November, clipped Jay Bouwmeester in the puck-control relay.
Fresh off his own stint in the AHL, rookie centre Roman Horak was the champ of the fastest skater competition, spinning a lap of the Saddledome ice in 13.542 seconds.
In fact, the only favourite to win an individual event was Anton Babchuk, who wowed the crowd with his heavy slapshot.
Babchuk was considered the likely hardest-shot winner last season, too, but he was rattled after his teammates set up a sponge puck for his first attempt.
On Sunday afternoon, the man they call ‘Boom-Boom’ blasted a piece of authentic galvanized rubber 104.7 m.p.h. on his first shot before falling for another prank.
“I just wonder if it’s going to be a sponge puck again at the start,” Babchuk said with a grin. “They fooled me and put it as the second one. Before I shoot it, I touched it. It was normal, so I wondered if they forgot about it, but they fooled me on the second one.
“I have to do an investigation.”
Babchuk, who has been a healthy scratch for nine consecutive outings, cracked 100 m.p.h. twice more as fans urged him to shoot for Zdeno Chara’s record of 108.8.
Captain Jarome Iginla was the only other guy to hit triple digits on the radar gun.
Ironically, Babchuk and Kolanos are the only skaters on the Flames’ active roster who’ve yet to light the lamp so far this season.
Kolanos, who has appeared in five NHL contests since earning a promotion with 18 tallies in 34 outings in Abbotsford, figures it’s only a matter of time.
“I think, for me, I’ve just gotta keep pounding at the door,” Kolanos add. “Once it breaks down … ”
The highlight of Sunday’s breakaway relay was a creative effort from D Chris Butler, who borrowed a crutch from injured teammate Blair Jones and managed to sweep a shot through the five-hole of a cooperative G Leland Irving … C Mikael Backlund, who suffered an “upper-body injury” during Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks, was wearing a sling on his shoulder/arm and did not participate in the showdown … C Olli Jokinen skipped Sunday’s showcase event, with a team spokesman reporting it was simply a “maintenance day” for the first-line centre. After a heroic effort in Saturday’s triumph, G Miikka Kiprusoff didn’t strap on his pads but watched from the bench.
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