On Saturday night, Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall delivered the kind of performance his team has been waiting for all season. The Oilers put together one of their best games of the season, and beat up on both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo to get a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Not only did Hall score three goals for his first hat trick of the season, he also accomplished the feat in the first eight minutes of the game. That was good enough to beat a franchise record set by the great Wayne Gretzky, who had a hat trick 12:38 into a game back in 1986. It was Hall’s first multi-goal game of the season, and brought his season total to 11. It has been a disappointing season for the Oilers, and the team has to be hoping that Hall’s big night is a sign that he’s ready to start scoring more the rest of the season.
This was the kind of performance the Oilers were hoping to see more often when they drafted Hall first overall in 2010. He has been slowed by injuries in his first two seasons, but still managed 22 and 27 goals, respectively. He has 34 points in 31 games this season but an Oilers team that has struggled offensively this season could definitely stand to see him find the back of the net more often.
Hall got help from some of his young Oilers teammates, as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists and Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz each added an assist as well. While Hall was the first star of the night, goaltender Devan Dubnyk was equally impressive in making 23 saves for his second shutout of the season.