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Watch Taylor Hall take the least interesting penalty shot of the year

Dec 23, 2011, 7:44 AM EDT

The penalty shot is almost always the most exciting play that can happen in a game. That is unless you were watching Taylor Hall take one against Niklas Backstrom in Edmonton last night.

Hall was tripped up by Clayton Stoner on a breakaway late in the first period against the Wild. The referee’s arm went up and pointed to center ice giving Hall the shot to pile on the Wild on the scoreboard. What followed was the kind of shot that you’d see if you thought Hall was trying to boost the goalie’s spirits by not scoring on him on purpose.

No deke, no juke, not even a shoulder shrug. Just one, lonely shot right into the leg pads.

  1. pistolpete31 - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    No deke?

  2. violettdesire - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Hall was at the very end of his shift and just raced down the ice when he was tripped down. Hall literally stood before Khabby, for a couple of minutes, trying to catch his breath before he took the shot. Sure, it wasn’t the greatest effort, but the kid was tired. Cut him some slack.

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