November 12, 2009
Owen Nolan(notes) of the Minnesota Wild will turn 38 years old next February. Keep that in mind as you watch one of the better individual efforts we've seen from a goal-scorer this season, as Nolan goes coast-to-coast and finishes with style against the Tampa Bay Lightning:
That was sixth-year pro David Hale(notes) that Nolan undressed with that move at the blueline, before toppling to the ice and clanging the puck home past Antero Niittymaki(notes). It was Nolan's fourth of the season and 410th of his career, one behind Bill Guerin(notes) for seventh among active players.
Alas, the Wild blew a one-goal lead on a Ryan Malone(notes) goal with 14.7 seconds left in regulation and then lost in the shootout to the Bolts for a 4-3 defeat. The Wild do move one point ahead of the Ducks in the race for the Western Conference basement, so they have that going for them. Which is nice.
Stick tap to Kendrick Erickson for the clip.