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Toronto Maple Leaf Wade Belak scores 1st NHL goal in nearly 4 years

He did however score three goals while playing in England during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. From AP-

TORONTO – The last time Wade Belak scored an NHL goal, Jean Chretien had just finished his final term as prime minister, a Canadian dollar was worth less than an American one and, well, it was a very long time ago.

Nearly four years — and one lockout — later, Wade Belak found the back of the net again, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 Tuesday night.

His last goal is far enough in the past — 143 games ago, not counting the three he scored in England during the lockout — that even Belak would have had to look it up.

“God, I don’t know when it was,” Belak said after his 407th NHL game — and career goal No. 8.

For the record, his seventh came on Dec. 20, 2003.

The clock resets for Belak now. How long before goal #9? I’d predict not before the 2008-09 NHL season. How about you?

Low goal scoring defensemen are hardly unusual in the NHL. Rod Langway is in the Hall of Fame and he had more seasons with zero goals and seasons with goals scored.

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