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NHL review takes away hat trick for Wideman

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 2:23 PM / News

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NHL review takes away hat trick for Wideman
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.
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You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals