Calgary forward Olli Jokinen is miffed.
And so he should be after taking a deliberate knee-on-knee hit Monday from the Avs Philippe Dupuis at the tail end of the first period of the Flames 9-1 rout of the Avs. At the time, the score was 5-0. Jokinen had four points -- the first Flame to record four points in a period since Al MacInnis did it against the Oilers in 1991. His line was on a roll -- eventually finishing with 11 points.
Arguably Jokinen -- much-maligned in Calgary -- has found his niche and is playing some of the best hockey of his career.
But, after trying a few shifts in the second period, Jokinen was unable to play in the third period. Normally a pretty easy-going interview, Jokinen was clearly upset following the game when asked about the injury.
"It was a knee-on-knee, so it was pretty clear that the guys should get five minutes and should get suspended. He could have hit me in the chest. I didn't move. He moved his knee at the last second. He tried to take my knee out and he did a pretty good job of doing it," said Jokinen, listed as day-to-day with the injury.
You can't dispute Jokinen's take on the play. Replays clearly show Dupuis going out of his way to create the collision.
While head injuries are grabbing the headlines and blind-side hits continue to be debated, the league also needs to view these types of hits as serious. A bad knee injury can end a career just like a head injury can. Dupuis was assessed a major and a game misconduct. He is a rookie in the league and, judging by his penalty minutes (36 after the Jokinen penalties are tacked on) he is not a goon or a player cut from the Matt Cooke mold.
Will there be supplemental discipline?
Why shouldn't there be?
WATCH JOKINEN'S REACTION: