Upon further review, the NHL has changed the official scoring of the Capitals’ fourth and final goal from Friday’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The tally, which would have been Dennis Wideman’s third of the game for his first career hat trick, has now been credited to Brooks Laich with assists from Wideman and John Carlson.
On Saturday morning, Wideman recounted the goal and said it was “good karma” for him not to get credit for the tally whether it would have been his first hat trick or not.
The shot “was probably going to go a little bit wide then it hit Brooksie’s leg and just went directly sideways into the net. I knew right away,” Wideman said. “I think you would have got a little bigger celebration out of me if it was actually my third goal.”
Following the game Friday night, Wideman insisted that the final goal belonged to his teammate and went so far as to ask the league to review the play.
“If you get one, you want it to be honest,” Wideman said after the game. “You don’t want a cheap one.”
Turns out the 28-year-old blueliner was correct and while he no longer has a hat trick to show for his efforts against the Maple Leafs, Wideman still recorded the first four-point night and first multi-goal game of his career in the victory. His goals against Toronto also snapped an 18-game scoring drought that dated back to Nov. 1.
Coach Dale Hunter said Wideman’s request that the play be reviewed was an admirable move.
“It’s kind of an unwritten rule,” Hunter said. “If players deserve it, you deserve it. If they don’t they don’t.”