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Hall highlights exciting 3rd period with hat trick

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Hall highlights exciting 3rd period with hat trick
Atlanta Thrashers 3, Edmonton Oilers 5

Saturday's matinee vs. the Thrashers started slowly but finished fantastically for the Oilers. With his club down 3-1 early in the third period, rookie Taylor Hall ignited and fired home three consecutive goals to give himself a natural hat trick and the Oilers the lead. A late empty-netter for Ales Hemsky sealed the 5-3 victory, Edmonton's third in a row.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

Two minutes after opening puck drop, Atlanta's Blake Wheeler was called for hooking. Edmonton couldn't register a shot on the power-play, however, and once back at even strength, the visitors countered with a goal. From the right point, Dustin Byfuglien fired a slapshot past Devan Dubnyk to give the Thrashers a 1-0 lead.

Shortly after the goal, the Oilers experienced a second unsuccessful power-play. The teams stayed out of the penalty box and the net through the frame's remaining 12 minutes, ensuring the Thrashers would carry their slim lead into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

Early in the middle frame, the Thrashers swept in on Dubnyk and added another goal. Spotting a juicy rebound, Andrew Ladd batted the puck top shelf to set the score 2-0 less than a minute in.

At 5:42, Atlanta benefited from its first power-play when Jordan Eberle earned two minutes for holding the stick. Edmonton excelled on the penalty-kill, testing Chris Mason with two shorthanded shots and drawing a delay-of-game penalty from Byfuglien to shorten their term.

Near the game's midway point, Atlanta's Mark Stuart hit Liam Reddox in front of the Oilers bench, prompting swift retaliation from Jean-Francois Jacques. Jacques and Stuart dropped their gloves for a feisty fight and were assessed five-minute majors for their efforts.

Jacques was briefly joined by Ladislav Smid in the penalty box after Smid was called for delay of game. But video review proved the glass -- not Smid's stick -- forced the puck into the stands and the Oilers defenceman was set free.

Fans cheered the call and, less than a minute later, cheered an Oilers goal. With help from Linus Omark, Magnus Paajarvi surged up the right wing and slipped the puck under Mason to get Edmonton on the board and back within one.

Two late Oilers penalties meant the home team would start the final frame down one goal and one man.

THIRD PERIOD

An early hooking minor to Tobias Enstrom shortened the Thrashers power-play, but four-on-four failed to benefit the Oilers: at 1:12, Evander Kane snapped the puck past Dubnyk to give the visitors a 3-1 lead.

Another visiting penalty helped Edmonton soon get that one back, however. 23 seconds into four-on-three, Taylor Hall fooled Mason with a quick wrist-shot, setting the score 3-2. Then 39 seconds after that, Hall sunk another power-play wrister to tie the game.

With just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, Nik Antropov took four minutes for high sticking. 1:50 into the extended power-play, Hall capitalized on a scramble in front of Mason and netted his third straight power-play goal for a natural hat trick, the first hat trick of his career.

Finding themselves down 4-3, the Trashers pulled Mason in the final minute. With 12 seconds left on the clock, Hemsky fired into the empty net to earn his third point of the day, cap a 5-3 win, and seal a three-game winning streak for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:37
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien (18) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
00:59
ATL
Andrew Ladd (21) ASST: Blake Wheeler (17), Toby Enstrom (37)
2 - 0 ATL
14:57
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi (10) ASST: Linus Omark (12), Tom Gilbert (13)
2 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
01:12
ATL
Evander Kane (17) ASST: Zach Bogosian (8), Ron Hainsey (8)
3 - 1 ATL
01:42
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (18) ASST: Ales Hemsky (26), Kurtis Foster (11)
3 - 2 ATL
02:21
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (19) ASST: Ales Hemsky (27), Tom Gilbert (14)
3 - 3 Tie
14:35
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (20) ASST: Sam Gagner (23), Ladislav Smid (9)
4 - 3 EDM
19:48
EDM
EN - Ales Hemsky (13) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (15), Theo Peckham (8)
5 - 3 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:59
ATL
Blake Wheeler  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
05:51
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
2nd Period
05:42
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Holding the stick against  Brent Sopel
07:20
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:50
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Stuart
09:50
ATL
Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
11:57
EDM
Dustin Penner  Tripping against  Bryan Little
17:48
EDM
Sam Gagner  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:51
EDM
Theo Peckham  Interference against  Tim Stapleton
3rd Period
00:40
ATL
Toby Enstrom  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
01:19
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Tripping against  Tom Gilbert
09:01
ATL
Toby Enstrom  Slashing against  Taylor Hall
09:10
EDM
Dustin Penner  Tripping against  Johnny Oduya
12:44
ATL
Nik Antropov  Hi stick - double minor against  Theo Peckham
goalie stats
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
7-8-2
SA: 25TOI: 58:44
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .840SH: 3 - 3
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 31TOI: 59:58
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1