BOSTON – Clearly the first chapter of left winger Taylor Hall’s first season with the Boston Bruins won’t be fully written until the Stanley Cup playoffs play out for the Black and Gold.
But there’s no doubt the 29-year-old winger has been a perfect hockey glove fit for the Bruins second line and for playmaking center David Krejci, and it’s brought out the best in both Hall and a re-energized Krejci as keys to the B’s burgeoning postseason hopes.
Hall slapped an exclamation point on his regular season work in Boston with two goals in the B’s 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders on Monday night at TD Garden that clinched the No. 3 seed in the East Division. The first goal was some brilliant hockey marksmanship with a bad angle power play snipe from the bottom of the face-off circle, but the overtime game-winner was something truly special in the skills department.
Hall cut into the middle of the ice all alone, passed the puck to himself through the legs of Isles D-man Nick Leddy and then snapped a backhand against the grain with Ilya Shorokin way out of position guarding the far post. It was a magnificent and clutch overtime goal, it was Hall’s eighth goal in 16 games for the Bruins after scoring just twice in 37 games with the Sabres, and it was a letter-perfect statement that the left winger is ready for his first playoff push in Boston.
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Hall has been a two-way revelation for the Bruins since arriving a month ago.