Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall followed up his Game 2 overtime winner with a Denis Savard-Esque spinorama goal to tie Game 3 at one 9:17 into the second period.
Since arriving in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres just prior to the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, Hall has scored and part of some beautiful goals. In the second period of Game 3 against the Washington Capitals Wednesday, and just 56 seconds after Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin gave the Caps a 1-0 lead, Hall added another beauty to his Boston Bruins resume by beating Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov with a beauty for the game-tying goal.
If you watch closely you can see in Hall’s face that he’s almost planning ahead of time that he will need to spin as he takes the pass and then shoot the puck past Samsonov. What was also amazing was his split-second ability to control it to his forehand before tapping it into the net. Not to be left out here as well were Craig Smith’s backhand pass and prior to that seeing Hall ready to pounce.
Of course, not to be forgotten was when Hall was on the receiving end of an amazing play and pass by Boston Bruins alternate captain David Krejci last month against the Buffalo Sabres.
My goodness, David Krejci. 😳 pic.twitter.com/vpVuHXFf8G
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After finishing the regular season with eight goals and six assists in the 16 games since being traded to the Boston Bruins, Hall now has two goals in three games during this first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series with the Capitals. He had just two goals and 17 assists in 37 games with the Buffalo Sabres prior to the trade. The 2010 No. 1 pick overall and 2018 Hart Trophy winner has been revitalized with the Bruins and is once again having fun playing the game of hockey.
“Sometimes you just can’t worry about the score, you just keep playing,” Hall explained after scoring the overtime winner in Game 3. “I think it’s an overall mentality and just (an) aura about our team. There’s lots of laughs. People are enjoying spending time with each other. The coaches are able to make the guys laugh during video (sessions). Some of those things go a long way in your overall preparation and mindset when you come into a game. When situations do arise, I think it’s easier to be composed. We’ve got some Hall of Famers in the room that are doing that as well so I think it probably makes it a little bit easier to enjoy that and be yourself.”