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Hall gets first goal, but Oilers lose in shootout

by John Kreiser
Taylor Hall's first NHL goal helped the Edmonton Oilers get one point. Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets got two.

Hall, the No. 1 pick in the Entry Draft last June, tied the game midway through the third period with the first goal of his pro career. But Nash and Filatov scored in the shootout to give the Jackets a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

Hall evened the game at 2-2 when he deflected Theo Peckham's slapper behind Steve Mason midway through the third period, ending his goal drought after seven games.

"Definitely not the prettiest goal of my life, but I'll take it for sure," Hall said of his tying tip with 10:03 left in regulation. "It was a big goal for our team as well. I've been waiting a long time and I've been asked about it a million times. I put a lot of pressure on myself just because it's out there. I definitely wanted to score tonight and I had a feeling before the game that this was going to be the night."

Peckham collected the puck for Hall.

"I was doing an interview before and they showed it on camera," said Hall, a 19-year-old from Calgary who played last season for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. "I think they make a plaque out of it or whatever. It's certainly a good feeling. I had some people here -- I saw some Spitfire jerseys in the stands -- so it was a pretty fun night."

Except for the outcome, that is.

After Mason stopped Sam Gagner, Nash buried a forehand shot. Gilbert Brule hit the post before Filatov -- the No. 6 pick in the 2008 draft -- won it with a deke and backhand over Devan Dubnyk.

"I tried to do the same move on a breakaway during the game, but it wasn't good enough," Filatov said.

Samuel Pahlsson and Kyle Wilson had goals in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who have won three in a row and five of six. Mason made 25 saves. Hall also assisted on Shawn Horcoff's first-period goal for the Oilers, who are now 2-4-2 after a 2-0-0 start.

"The kids are just playing," Edmonton coach Tom Renney said after his team fell to 2-23-3 in its last 28 road games. "They understand they are getting an opportunity here and they certainly don't want to let anybody down. This is a good point in time to have them."

Senators 5, Panthers 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Ottawa spotted Florida an early goal, then got five in a row from different players to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Bryan McCabe's slap shot from the high slot beat Brian Elliott for a power-play goal 10:02 into the game. But Ottawa tied it 5:20 into the second on a shorthanded goal by Milan Michalek, added goals by Mike Fisher and Zack Smith for a 3-1 lead after two periods, then tacked on goal by Alexei Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson in the first 3:50 of the third period.

"Everyone's chipping in and playing well and I think as a group that's how we're going to have success," Fisher said. "I thought everyone did a good job tonight in all areas of the ice and that was a good feeling."

Added Alfredsson: "We all know that it's a lot easier to play with the lead," Alfredsson said. "That first goal for us short-handed was huge for us to get the momentum."

Goals by Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli made the final score closer than the game was.

"I don't think we had very much jump and they were firing," said Panthers defenseman Dennis Wideman, who set up McCabe's goal before turning over the puck on another power play early in the second on the play that led to Michalek's goal. "I thought they moved the puck really, really well. They broke out well and they came at us and we were just a step behind the whole night."

Kings 5, Stars 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

L.A. rebounded from a 3-1 loss at Chicago on Wednesday as Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in the Kings' fourth win in a row at Dallas.

The Kings broke a 1-1 tie when Alexei Ponikarovsky put in a rebound at 13:05 of the second period -- and took command when Wayne Simmonds made it 3-1 on a breakaway just 9 seconds later. Dustin Brown added a power-play goal, Willie Mitchell scored shorthanded, Jack Johnson had three assists and Justin Williams hit the empty net with 1:41 left to send the Kings back home with a 3-2-0 record on their five-game trip.

"It was successful," Johnson said of the trip. "I think, truthfully, if you're going to win your games at home and go .500 on the road, you're going to have a great year. We're trying to win more than we lose on the road, take care of our home games and have a great year."

Brad Richards struck on the power play and Brandon Segal also scored for Dallas. The Stars have scored only four goals in their last three games. Kari Lehtonen stopped just 11 of 15 shots before being lifted in the third period as the Stars lost for the fourth time in five games --  including the first three of a season-long six-game homestand.

"What I don't like is we beat ourselves," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "You can't take a shift off in this League. If we think we can outskill teams, we're sadly mistaken."

Quick improved to 4-1-0 in Dallas and 6-1-0 in his seven appearances this season.

"I think I've been extremely fortunate," he said. "The team has come to play when I've been here. I think another thing is that they have a shooting power play. They get shots from everywhere, and I get a lot of shots from the perimeter so that might pad the numbers a little bit. But overall, I think it's just the team success. The team plays well and we played well tonight."

Blues 3, Predators 0 | HIGHLIGHTS

Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots in his second straight shutout as the Blues handed Nashville its first regulation loss of the season.

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