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NHL review takes away hat trick for Wideman

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 2:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Dennis Wideman said the goal that would have given him his first NHL hat trick wasn't really his. A day later, the NHL agreed with him.

The League changed the scoring Saturday on the Washington Capitals defenseman's final goal in Friday night's 4-2 win against Toronto, awarding it to forward Brooks Laich.

Wideman had said after the game that his slap shot hit Laich, who was battling for position in front of the net, before going past goaltender James Reimer with 1:19 left in regulation.

The NHL agreed, giving Laich credit for the goal, with assists to Wideman and John Carlson. Wideman still finished with a career-best four-point night. The Caps have had just three regular-season hat tricks by defensemen in their history; the last was by Sergei Gonchar in 2000.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery