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Paajarvi, Hall shine in Oilers' win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:09 AM

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

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Paajarvi, Hall shine in Oilers' win
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Edmonton Oilers 5
EDMONTON -- After four straight seasons out of the playoffs, Edmonton Oilers fans didn't file into Rexall Place on Thursday to see a pre-season win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. They wanted a glimpse of what they hope will be a brighter future in the form of Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi.

Hall, the first overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, and Paajarvi, selected 10th by the Oilers in 2009, gave the people what they came for, and then some, in a 5-2 win over the Lightning.

While Hall delivered with his first goal in his pre-season debut in front of Edmonton fans, it was Paajarvi, a soft-spoken Swede with a silky stride, who stole the show with three goals and an assist.

A sight for sore eyes, they were.

"That was maybe a little too much," laughed Paajarvi, asked if he ever imagined introducing himself by scoring three goals.

Paajarvi, 19, hasn't garnered nearly as much fanfare as Hall since the Oilers selected him from Timra IK in Sweden, but many believe he might be more NHL ready after playing three years in the Swedish Elite League. It was tough to argue with that assessment this night.

"I came here to make the team, obviously," Paajarvi said. "I feel ready, but you have to work hard every day. I can't look into the future, but it's all up to me."

Paajarvi was good and lucky in tying the game 1-1 as he danced around Mike Vernace and fooled Dan Ellis when he fanned on a wrist shot, only to have it slide into the net on a power play.

After picking up a second assist on Andrew Cogliano's power-play goal to put the Oilers up 2-1 after 20 minutes, Paajarvi scored his second when he one-timed a Dustin Penner pass behind Ellis from the top of the circle make it 3-1 at 6:50 of the second period.

Paajarvi had fans throwing their headgear on the ice with his hat-trick goal, a harmless-looking shot from the wing to make it 5-1 in the third period with the Oilers shorthanded.

"They don't throw hats back home, so that was really cool," smiled Paajarvi. "That was something I've never experienced before. It's not a tradition back home."

Hall, 18, who scored 40 goals last season on the way to leading Windsor to its second straight Memorial Cup, got the crowd buzzing just under six minutes in when he took a pass from Sam Gagner and rattled a wrist shot off the post under the glove of Ellis.

"I was actually a lot less nervous than I thought I was going to be," said Hall, who played just over 17 minutes and finished with three shots. "For the first five minutes, it took me a little while to settle in, but then I got going from there."

Not to let Paajarvi completely steal the spotlight, Hall gave the crowd something to yell about when he knocked down an Ellis clearing attempt and slid a backhand into the net on a power play to make it 4-1.

"It was a lot of fun out there," Hall said. "Even though it was an exhibition game, it's fun to contribute."

Ales Hemsky, who lined up on right wing with Gagner and Hall, had a front-row seat and was more than a little impressed.

"It's not easy to walk into an NHL dressing room as an 18-year-old," said Hemsky. "You think, 'Wow.'

"It's not easy to get adjusted, but he's a good player. He's fast. He's powerful. I don't think he's going to have a problem with anything. There's so much pressure on him, off the ice and on the ice, but he's handled it really well. He's a good kid, and really confident, too."

With Nikolai Khabibulin skating and practicing after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back but yet to see action in Edmonton's first two pre-season games, Devan Dubnyk and Deslauriers split duties in goal.

Dubnyk, who allowed both goals in a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Wednesday while splitting time with Martin Gerber, allowed just one goal, the 1-0 marker by Randy Jones, on 20 shots.

Deslauriers, who carried the bulk of the workload after Khabibulin went down with the bad back, faced eight shots and gave up the 5-2 goal by Carter Ashton in his first appearance of pre-season.






scoring summary
1st Period
04:33
TBL
Randy Jones (1) Snap shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (1), Nicklas Persson (1)
1 - 0 TBL
15:09
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Belle (1), Alex Plante (1)
1 - 1 Tie
18:34
EDM
PPG - Andrew Cogliano (1) Tip-in - ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Magnus Paajarvi (1)
2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
06:50
EDM
PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (2) Slapshot - ASST: Dustin Penner (1), Alex Plante (2)
3 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
07:57
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 EDM
09:52
EDM
SHG - Magnus Paajarvi (3) Snap shot - ASST: Kurtis Foster (2)
5 - 1 EDM
17:20
TBL
PPG - Carter Ashton (1) Snap shot - ASST: James Wright (1), Brett Clark (1)
5 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
00:16
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing  - 2 min against  Marc-Antoine Pouliot
00:16
TBL
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ladislav Smid
00:16
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Interference  - 2 min against  Marc-Antoine Pouliot
07:30
TBL
Vladimir Mihalik  Hooking  - 2 min against  Gilbert Brule
10:20
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Radko Gudas
13:31
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Roughing  - 2 min against  Vladimir Mihalik
14:40
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Holding  - 2 min against  Sam Gagner
17:21
TBL
Carter Ashton  Slashing  - 2 min against  Linus Omark
19:06
EDM
Liam Reddox  Hooking  - 2 min against  Teddy Purcell
2nd Period
05:24
TBL
Adam Hall  Holding  - 2 min against  Ladislav Smid
07:00
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Boarding  - 2 min against  Steve Downie
11:10
TBL
Steve Downie  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tyler Pitlick
14:54
EDM
Linus Omark  Hooking  - 2 min against  Randy Jones
17:47
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Dana Tyrell
3rd Period
00:26
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing  - 2 min against  Steve Downie
00:26
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ladislav Smid
06:57
TBL
Teddy Purcell  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
08:07
EDM
Richard Petiot  Holding  - 2 min against  James Wright
11:59
TBL
James Wright  Tripping  - 2 min against  Tom Gilbert
15:48
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dana Tyrell
15:48
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Charging  - 2 min against  Dana Tyrell
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
GA: 5SV%: .762
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 8TOI: 30:31
GA: 1SV%: .875
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 20TOI: 29:29
GA: 1SV%: .950