Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hall Trick

The Edmonton Oilers completed the impossible this afternoon at Rexall Place, punctuated by the heroics of #4.  Rookie Taylor Hall, tallied his first natural NHL hat-trick as the Oilers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Thrashers 5-3.  

"It's pretty special" said Taylor Hall after being asked about his Hat Trick "Anyone can tell you when they get a hat trick no matter what the score or the situation of the game, it's a lot of fun." he continued. 

"When you are on a bit of a cold streak, when you get one you start to feel good and I think anyone can tell that there is a change in my play a bit...the next three goals were great for our team, but like I said, it's even better that we get the win."

In the early stages of the game, both teams struggled to get their feet moving during the matinée, but in the middle of the first, it was Dustin Byfuglien who opened the scoring with a slap shot from the point.

Next, it was Andrew Ladd who put the Birds up by 2, just one minute into the second period.  The Thrashers' captain swatted a bouncing, loose puck to find the twine behind Dubnyk.  Still in the second, fellow countrymen, Linus Omark fed speedy Magnus Paajarvi who wristed a five-hole to put the Oilers up on the board.

In the final frame, Evander Kane sniped early to make it 3-1 Thrashers to take the wind out of the Oilers' sails.

But not for long. 30 seconds later...actually.

The Oilers reciprocated with two quick goals of their own, lead by Taylor Hall.  On the power-play Taylor Hall found his first of the night when he beat Mason with a quick wrist shot. 39 seconds later the rookie converted on a give-n-go with Ales Hemsky to level the game at 3.

With less than 7 minutes to go in the game, Nik Antropov was sent to the sin bin to serve a high-sticking infraction, which paved the way for Hall's historic night.  During a mad scramble on the goal crease, Hall slipped the biscuit beneath Mason's pads to put the Oilers ahead for the first time of the game.

3 consecutive power-play goals scored by one player.  An NHL record?

With the clock winding down, Mason was pulled for the extra attacker which proved fruitless.  Ales Hemsky scored on the empty netter, and earned his 3rd point of the night. 

Three stars.


The Oilers will now head to Minnesota to face the Wild on Tues, followed by a visit to Colorado before heading home to play the Blues.

Antony S Scandale 2011

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