Rick Nash must have felt like a horse with a jockey riding on his back.

It was the gold medal game of the 2007 World Hockey Championship and Canada was nursing a narrow 3-2 lead over the Finns.

With the clock ticking down and the Finns pressing in the Canadian zone, Nash suddenly was sprung loose by a breakout pass and chugged his way toward the opposition's net.

In a last-ditch effort to slow him down, one Finnish defender clamped on to the back of Nash's 6-foot-4, 218-pound frame in a futile attempt to slow down the Canadian forward. Didn't work. Instead, the Finn came along for the ride and had the perfect view as Nash, passenger in tow, made a nifty little move before scoring the gold-medal clinching goal in a 4-2 championship victory for Canada.

For Edmonton Oilers captain Ryan Smyth, known as Captain Canada for all his appearances in international competitions, it is a memory he'll never forget.

"It was one of the most special goals I have ever seen," Smyth said on Wednesday.