Vermette lifts Coyotes past Senators in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Antoine Vermette made himself right at home — at the Ottawa Senators' expense.

The former Ottawa player completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the Senators on Saturday.

"It's special. It's always going to be special here," Vermette said. "I started my career here and there have been good memories. A little part of me will always be here and when I was driving here from the airport I was looking around and it feels like home a little bit."

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.

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.

"It was huge," Vermette said. "They were crucial points because the standings are so tight in the (Western Conference). It was a good performance and we found a way to get the two points."

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

"It's frustrating and we have to start winning games, eventually," Senators captain Jason Spezza said.

"You just try to keep working and figure out what we have to do better and work at it. It's not a matter of staying positive at this point it's just trying to work our way out of it at this point and get on some sort of semblance of a roll."

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