Rumor has it that when Dennis Wideman was a young boy growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, his mother asked him if he cut down the cherry tree in their backyard.
I cannot tell a lie, he replied. It was me who cut down that cherry tree.
OK, we made that up.
But Wideman sure is getting a lot of attention for going to the NHL and asking them to credit his third goal in Friday nights 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to teammate Brooks Laich, who deflected Widemans shot past James Reimer for a power-play goal.
I took the shot and I could see it just going in, Wiideman said Saturday. It was probably going to go a little bit wide, and then it hit Brooksie's leg and just went directly sideways in the net. I knew right away. I think you would've gotten a little bigger celebration out of me if it was actually my third goal.
Wideman, who had played 480 games without ever recording a hat trick, tipped his helmet to fans who were joyously littering the ice with hats. But he knew right away it was not a goal he could keep.
And so he had his own hat trick reversed.
Good karma, he said. Good karma.