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March 21, 2012 | 11:53pm ET
Hall hurt in Battle of AB win
By Jimmy Kerr, Edmonton Correspondent
TheFourthPeriod.com

EDMONTON, AB -- It's been a season full of ups and downs for Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall.

When things are good, they're really good for the 20-year-old, but when his luck turned, boy does it ever turn.

Coming into last Friday's "Battle of Alberta" finale, the Oilers' second-year sniper was riding a four-game scoring streak and was just two powerplay markers away from the league lead in that category.

His night didn't last long though, thanks to a thunderous check from Calgary's Cory Sarich at what would be the end of his first and only shift of the game.

"I saw Taylor slip, I saw Sarich hit him in the upper body and head and I saw his head hit the ice," Oilers coach Tom Renney told 630 CHED after the game. "He was coming down to make contact, he wasn't coming down to just pat him on the back, he was coming down to just cream him, and he did. Taylor also slipped, and it made it worse than what it could have been."

Hall lay frozen on the ice for a few seconds after the hit and looked dazed as the Edmonton trainers rushed out to his side.

"Taylor's concussed, we followed the proper protocol, everything looks arrow up, I don't think it's going to be a real problem," said coach Renney, adding that he didn't think it was a dirty play.

Still boasting the scar from a scary incident from earlier in the season that left him needing 30 stitches, Hall spoke earlier in the week of shooting for the 30-goal plateau like teammate and roommate Jordan Eberle.

"It'd be nice to do that - you want to stay consistent, you want to stay healthy is the big thing," Hall told CHED. "You want to make sure you're taking care of yourself off the ice and make sure that every night you're coming to compete and you're coming with your best foot forward.

"It'd be great to play here for a long time and be that guy that your coaches, your fans, your teammates [count on] to score 30."

Heading into the final stretch of the season, Hall has 27 goals, including 13 on the powerplay, and 53 points in 61 games.

Jimmy Kerr is the Edmonton Correspondent for TheFourthPeriod.com.



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