Teemu Selanne doesn't claim that he's getting faster at age 40. But the hockey player known as The Finnish Flash won't concede he's slowing down, either.
"Not very often do I feel my age," said Selanne, the Anaheim Ducks right wing. "After all, they're just numbers."
Perhaps, but Selanne, the one-time Shark, has been putting up remarkable numbers in a season that he keeps claiming might be his last. Heading into Wednesday's final regular-season encounter between the Sharks and Ducks, Selanne has 28 goals and 48 assists.
"He's like fine wine, just getting better with age," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. "He's still one of the great skaters in the game and still has a great shot."
And he has been on a scorching streak of late, scoring one clutch goal after another to help the Ducks climb back into the playoff picture.
In a 5-4 victory over Colorado on March 28, Selanne became the oldest player in NHL history to tally three goals and five points in a game.
His 76 points makes him the third highest-scoring player ever in his 40s in a single season -- behind only Gordie Howe (103) and Johnny Bucyk (83).
He is the first NHL player to score four game-tying goals in the final 3:00 of the third period in one season. Selanne almost did it again Sunday when his goal with 2:04 remaining in a 4-3 loss to Dallas was waived off by an interference call on teammate Saku Koivu.
"Teemu is Teemu," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "He's delivering in pressure situations. And he scoots around the ice like he's 25."
Selanne, with his sleek physique and leading-man looks, in no way resembles a guy who will turn 41 in July. It's as if he discovered a frozen fountain of youth.
Like a fine wine, Selanne keeps getting better
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