The Oilers needed to win this one, badly.
After an abysmal 5-0 loss versus the Anaheim Ducks a few nights ago, Oilers fans across the nation were calling for the head of Head Coach Tom Renney while others demanded a shake-up within the organization - and one passionate fan suggested for the Oilers to cancel Saturday's Skills Competition and force a public bag skate. There was certainly heat under the asses of every Oilers player it was time for the club to find to snap a 5 game losing skid against the visiting LA Kings.
From the drop of the puck, the Oilers came out hard which seemed to surprize the road weary Kings. There was a sense of urgency among the Oilers and it appeared from the get-go that the Oilers would finally earn another "W". And who better to seal a victory but the Oilers most dynamic player Taylor Hall.
"Anaheim wasn't our best effort, the guys know that, and we really wanted to respond in a good way, for Tom and for our whole organization," said Taylor Hall who buried a beautiful pass from Shawn Horcoff with a minute and change left in OT. "Because that's not the way we want to play. For us to play like we did against a really good team, that been playing well is good."
It comes as no surprize for the sophomore winger to play hero. Taylor Hall, since coming back from injury now has 31 points in 36 games for his squad and he continues to provide that killer instinct which seems to be non existent for the rest of the Oilers.
With his supporting cast of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle out with injuries for another 3 weeks, Hall has the club on his shoulders.
"No matter how long it took, overtime or whatever, we wanted to get that win. It's a good feeling. "
With the game tied in overtime, the Los Angeles Kings were given a 2 minute penalty and the Oilers wasted no time to hammer home the winner. Ales Hemsky blasted a point shot on Jonathan Quick and the LA net-minder couldn't absorb the rebound. Shawn Horcoff, grabbed the loose puck and blindly gave a back hand pass to find Taylor Hall on the doorstep.
The Edmonton Oilers will now face the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow night.