Taylor Hall earned himself a place in Edmonton Oilers history last night against the franchise’s 80’s Cup rival, the New York Islanders. At 15:52 of the 1st period Hall tallied to draw his club even. Eight seconds later, he scored again, giving the Northern Albertans a 2-1 lead they failed to make good on. Despite losing the game, Hall’s two goals in eight seconds were significant nonetheless. The two quick markers represent the fastest two goals by one player in franchise history – beating Wayne Gretzky‘s club record by one tick on the clock. Watch the goals courtesy of Hockey Sports Cast‘s YouTube Channel:
The young Oilers don’t have a lot to be happy about right now. They claim rights to a 1-6-1 record in a division that features NHL powerhouses the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Catching up to the Sharks and Kings in the standings will likely take a miracle.
Very strong clubs from Anaheim and Vancouver also possess point leads on the inexperienced Oilers. It’ll be hard to catch those clubs for a playoff spot.
Even the Calgary Flames who were supposed to crash and burn this season are 5 points atop the Oilers at the moment.
The ever steady defensive juggernaut Phoenix Coyotes – they’re 6 points ahead of the lowly Oilers.
BUT, the Oilers are young, as is the 2013-14 NHL season. No need to panic. Lots of hockey still to play.