Did he earn it, or was he simply the recipient of good fortune?
Phoenix Coyotes red-hot forward Antoine Vermette registered his second hat trick of the season Sunday night in Vancouver and is now on a four-game point streak.
You could say Vermette scored three different ways: even strength, shorthanded and on the power play. Or you could say he scored two ways: by letting the Canucks put the puck in their own goal (twice) and actually shooting the puck in the general direction of Roberto Luongo’s net (once).
Sunday’s 5-4 Canucks overtime saw two of Team Canada’s goalies surrender a combined nine goals, and Vermette — now with a shot to hit 30 goals for the first time in his career — was the beneficiary of the two ugliest.
Watch as Luongo knocks the puck — destined to drift wide — in with his stick in the first period:
Then Ryan Kesler accidentally shoots one past Luongo in the second frame:
Kesler scores — for Coyotes. Tries to sweep loose puck away from Vermette and puts it over Luongo. Unassisted shorty, sort of. 2-2. #canucks