Coyotes 4, Senators 3 (OT)

Don Brennan, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OTTAWA -- Center Antoine Vermette completed his hat trick with 2:37 left in overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.
Vermette won two faceoffs in the offensive zone before finally ending the game.
Vermette's second goal of the game with 2:13 to play in regulation set up the extra period. With the Coyotes on the power play, Vermette took a pass from winger David Moss and made no mistake with an open net staring him in the face.
Winger Radim Vrbata had the other Phoenix goal.
In his second game back from a stint as a healthy scratch, Senators defenseman Marc Methot, and centers Kyle Turris and Zack Smith scored for Ottawa.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith made 37 saves, and Senators goalie Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots. Smith made a miraculous toe save off Senators winger Clarke MacArthur in overtime.
Methot's goal at 14:51 of the second period broke a 2-2 tie and looked like it would stand up as the game-winner. From behind the Coyotes' net, he stepped out unchallenged a beat Smith with a flip shot to the far side.
The Coyotes, who stopped a losing streak at three games, are 19-10-6. The loss was the third in a row for the Senators, who are 14-7-7.
Smith gave the Senators a 2-0 lead at 3:10 of the second period when he stepped out of the penalty box, took a pass in the neutral zone from defenseman Eric Gryba and took a few strides before beating Mike Smith with a shot to the stick side.
The Coyotes knotted the count with goals 3:19 apart. First, Vermette finished off a 2-on-1 by pulling the puck around Anderson and slipping it in on the backhanded side.
Then, only 31 seconds into a penalty against Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Vrbata beat Anderson with a wrist shot through a screen.
The Senators opened the scoring for only the 13th time this season when Methot took a pass from winger Bobby Ryan and rifled a low shot at Smith on the glove side that Turris deflected in the net.
It was the only goal of a first period which saw each goalie tested eight times.
The Coyotes finish up a four-game trip when they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. The Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
NOTES: Senators D Cody Ceci led the team with 7:43 of ice time in the first period. Playing his sixth game since being recalled from Binghamton of the AHL, Ceci turned 20 on Saturday. He is one of only 18 players to skate in their first NHL game with Ottawa as a teenager. ... Coyotes C Antoine Vermette scored his first goal ever against the Senators, the team he spent the first five seasons of his career with after being Ottawa's second round pick in 2000. Vermette has at least one goal against every NHL club. ... Senators D Marc Methot scored the first power play goal of his 355-game NHL career in the first period. ... Coyotes G Mike Smith was given a roughing minor for a second period goal crease tussle with Senators RW Chris Neil. Smith has 10 penalty minutes this season, tying for 11th most on the team.

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