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
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) January 27, 2014
“I’ve been scored on a lot more weird times this season,” Luongo told reporters. “We got the win. All that matters.”
— Ann Schmaltz (@annschmaltz) January 27, 2014
Yes, on the evening Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder collaborated at the Grammys, Vermette got lucky.
But don’t take anything away from the centreman. He played a heck of a game, going 14-for-20 in the face-off dot and shooting 60% from the floor.
“We’ve been talking about bounces lately,” Vermette said. “Hopefully it’s a sign things are going to turn around.”
— Phoenix Coyotes (@phoenixcoyotes) January 27, 2014
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 27, 2014