The 29-year-old forward scored the third period insurance goal in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden and showcased a bit of what he can bring to the Black and Gold as a top-6 winger with true offensive upside. Certainly, it was an answer, as well, to anybody that thought the elite-skilled Hall had lost his scoring touch during an admittedly lost season in Buffalo.
“I suspect we’ll see more of what we saw tonight from Taylor in the offensive zone,” said Bruce Cassidy. “This year he didn’t put up the numbers he wanted [in Buffalo]. But that’s behind and he’s got a fresh start, and he’s Krejci playing with him. Let’s get him comfortable on the power play and let’s hope that leads to some offensive numbers for him.”
It was a breakaway goal for Hall as a tiring David Pastrnak threw a pass up ice to the speeding Hall as he had a step on a couple of Islanders defenders. Hall took it to straight to the Isles net and then threw a shot into Semyon Varlamov’s open five-hole for his first goal as a member of the Boston Bruins.
Taylor Hall scores his first goal as a Boston Bruin.
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It was clear that Hall and David Krejci were working on the chemistry throughout the game, but they were doing that while also riding the momentum of red-hot Craig Smith at the right wing with another goal scored on Thursday.
“As an offensive player if you’re creating chances and making things happen out there, you’re really doing your job,” said Hall. “And I thought our line was really creating those chances tonight. We were on top of them and we were on top of pucks, and our line did a great job of creating chances. There’s something cool about playing for an Original Six team. And there’s a culture that they’ve built here. ”
It was also the third goal of the season for Hall after a rough opening three months with the Buffalo Sabres prior to getting traded to Boston for a 2022 second round pick and Anders Bjork.
Speaking of Bjork, he also scored for the Buffalo Sabres on a sizzling one-timer and has points in each of his first two games with his new hockey club.
It was a solid night all-around for Hall, however, as he scored an important goal for the Bruins and got some PP reps with the top PP unit for Boston playing in place of big forward Nick Ritchie around the front of the net.