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Taylor Hall gives fans Gordie Howe hat trick, leaves game with injured ankle

Mar 4, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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The Edmonton rookie did a little bit of everything in the Oilers 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets. He had a goal, an assist, a couple of shots, and was a plus 2 in just over 9 minutes of play on his way to 1st Star of the Game honors. But on top of the usual exploits fans in Edmonton have gotten used to, Taylor Hall got into his first NHL fight when he dropped the gloves with Derek Dorsett. Unfortunately at the end of the fight, Hall landed awkwardly on his left ankle and missed the rest of the game.

Hall is expected to have an MRI tomorrow to find out what kind of damage he did to his ankle. The Oilers’ rookie delivered a check to Matt Calvert and had Derek Dorsett chase him around the ice until Hall engaged. Even though it’s tough to see a superstar player injured and possibly miss time because of a fight, you have to give it up to Hall for standing up for himself after Dorsett went after him.

We expected Taylor Hall to deliver hat tricks. We expected highlight reel goals. But who expected a Gordie Howe hat-trick only 5 months into his career?

  1. hulkhogan69 - Mar 4, 2011 at 12:59 AM

  2. finodelfino - Mar 4, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    The boy is building character

  3. abrienza428 - Mar 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Man, what an individual effort on that rush, that was just pure speed and skill.
    Too bad he couldn’t have finished it.

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    i like this kid, i hope he is fine. he got worked though, wrong time to lay a hit like that if you got a guy like Dorsett out there

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