There is worry growing rampant within the Oilers dressing room. Ales Hemsky received his MRI results earlier today and it was announced by team doctors that Hemsky will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a shoulder injury. To add acid to the bleeding wound, Taylor Hall will likely get a birds-eye-view of ice from the press-box beside Hemsky.
Hall completed his night with a scrap whist performing his first ever, "Gordie Howe Hat-Trick" vs Derek Dorsett. During the brew-ha-ha, Hall fell awkwardly on to his right ankle, then limped to the dressing room, and never returned.
Moments before, the mitts were tossed, Hall nearly converted on a potential highlight-reel goal when he slipped his way past Fedor "Pylon" Tyutin twice. Moments later, Dorsett tattooed Hall into the boards which Hall took exception to.
Dorsett chimed in to give his perspective about the tilt gone wrong.
"I just finished my check on him, I was going to skate away and he just grabbed me and started punching me,” Dorsett said. “I dropped my gloves and away she went.
“I was kind of surprised that he threw his gloves off and punched me. It’s not the typical type of guys that I usually fight. But I’m also not going to let him drop his gloves and punch me. If he does that, I’m going to drop my gloves.”While the severity of his ankle remains to be a mystery, the club and the fans can will hold their breath and hope it's nothing serious.
Worst case scenario for Hall would be to miss out his chance at the Calder; which is (or was) well within his grasp. At the present moment, Hall now has 42 points on the season and was gunning for 30 goals.
Hall's injury overshadowed an Oilers win. With jump their step the young Oilers went right to work against the Jackets who are desperate for play-off points.
Sam Gagner opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first. While working the half boards, Paajarvi thread a rink wide pass to Gagner who made no mistake to beat Chris Mason.
4 minutes later, Taylor Hall raced down the side boards and snapped his 22nd point of the year.
2 nothing Oilers heading into the second.
14 seconds in the middle frame, #14 's short-side, back-hand, roof-daddy, ended Mason's night and tripled the lead; with the help from #4 and #10.
The Jackets stepped on the gas, and managed to draw within one, with goals by Upshall and Calvert.
Late in the third with Mathieu Garon pulled, Andrew Cogliano netted the empty cage to move the Oilers past the Jackets 4-2.
With tonight's win the Oilers are still sitting ugly in last over-all with 52 points and one back from the equally terrible Ottawa Senators.
The club will now head to Colorado this Saturday vs the Avalanche.
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