Olli Jokinen should have been the hero the last couple of games.

Instead, he's being haunted by the sound of rubber meeting metal.

The Calgary Flames centre smacked a potential game-winner off the crossbar during Thursday's overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

Jokinen was staring at an empty net and a diving Nashville Predators defender with the Flames down by a goal Saturday afternoon, and again was rejected by the iron when his shot careened off the post and then Jonathan Blum's stick and out of danger.

There might not have been a better opportunity on the afternoon to beat Preds goalie Pekka Rinne during the 2-0 loss.

"I don't know if it hit the defenceman's stick or the post," said Jokinen. "The puck came slow. I don't know if I would have had time to take it more towards the net. There wasn't a lot to shoot at.

"Overall, we had enough chances to win tonight."

They just didn't make good on any of them, and the Preds capitalized on both of theirs on odd-man rushes.

"In a tight game like that, you've got to make the most of the chances you get," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter, whose team outshot the opposition 33-14.