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Dennis Wideman’s hat trick is no more

Dec 10, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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If you thought you saw Dennis Wideman net a hat trick in beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 last night, it was all just a mirage.

Sure the hats came down and they announced that Wideman had his first career hat trick, but what was his third goal of the game is now credited to Brooks Laich.

As it was, Wideman debated last night whether or not the hat trick was his, telling’s Chuck Gormley, “If you get one, you want it to be honest. You don’t want a cheap one.”

Well isn’t that polite.

The scoring change doesn’t change the fact that the Caps’ power play dominated the Leafs and the Capitals started to look like the fun and games Caps we used to see. The only people having regrets over this news, however, are all the fans that tossed their hats to the ice at Verizon Center.

  1. davemac32001 - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Well, let’s not get too excited. Other than a horrible Leafs penalty kill, the Caps looked less than ordinary. Toronto dominated the 5 on 5 play pretty much all night. If the Caps play this way the rest of the year they will be on the outside looking in…

    • bcjim - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      I wouldnt go that far. The Leafs did clearly miss on a chance or 2 and this game could have turned out differently for sure. They also look like an NHL team these days which is a change. But the Caps still won pretty much fair and square despite an ugly start. I think it took them 10+ to get a SOG.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Haha do the fans get back their hats??? I’d be annoyed if I had tossed my cap for no reason.

    • dowhatifeellike - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Most places put the hats into a bin where they can be recovered after the game.

    • davemac32001 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      I don’t understand the logic of tossing my $30 team hat onto the ice for a guy making tons of cash. Can’t he afford his own hat?

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