Owen Nolan scored three goals for Calgary on Wednesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome, leading the Flames to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Just 14 days shy of his 36th birthday, Nolan proved age is just a number, registering his 11th NHL hat trick. Not only did he see success on the scoreboard, he also managed to throw a few punches during a second period brawl with Mike Grier.
Nolan’s second goal of the night was a definite deal breaker for San Jose. Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov skated out of his crease in order to clear the puck, but instead was faced with the humiliating fate of an interception goal by Nolan. His last goal, in the third period, could be credited to Alex Tanguay, who set up a nice rebound after dangling around two Sharks defensemen. However, Nolan made the snipe look easy with a quick wrist shot in front of Nabokov.
After hats flooded the ice, the Flames were a bit too confident, and it reflected in their play. Patrick Rissmiller and Jonathan Cheechoo of San Jose scored goals 59 seconds apart to bring the score to 5-4 with minutes left in the third period. Despite pulling their goalie, the Sharks couldn’t solve Miikka Kiprusoff any further. Wayne Primeau and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Flames. Calgary is currently on a four game winning streak.