Vermette lifts Coyotes past Senators in OT

Posted - Dec. 21, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.



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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Antoine Vermette completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Vermette pounced on the loose puck in front of goalie Craig Anderson and pushed it through to the back of the net to beat his former team. Radim Vrbata also scored to help the Coyotes snap a three-game losing streak.

Marc Methot, former Phoenix forward Kyle Turris and Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. The Senators have lost three straight.

Phoenix's Mike Smith made pad saves on Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur 2 minutes in overtime. Against MacArthur, The goalie was on his stomach and stretched his right leg out enough to get his toe on the puck.

Vermette tied it on a power play with 2:13 left in the third period. He took a pass from David Moss and deposited the puck into an empty net behind the fallen Anderson.

Ottawa took a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

Fresh from the penalty box, Zack Smith got a long pass from Eric Gryba and skated in on a partial break and beat Mike Smith high to the stick side at 3:10.

Vermette beat Anderson from the slot at 5:28, and Vrbata tied it on a power play at 8:47 when he moved in from the point and beat Anderson to the short side.

Methot gave the Senators a 3-2 lead with 5:09 left in the period.

Notes: The Coyotes are the only NHL team this season that hasn't scored a short-handed goal. ... The game was Phoenix's first in Ottawa since Oct. 26, 2010.

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