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BLOG: Hall's two goals lifts Pacific to 9-6 win

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers


Taylor Hall had two goals and an assist and John Scott had a pair of goals to help lead Team Pacific to a 9-6 win over Team Central. With the win, Team Pacific advances to the final to play Team Atlantic.

26 seconds into the game, James Neal scored to give Team Central a 1-0 lead. 21 seconds later, John Scott scored, redirecting a pass from Brent Burns to tie the game at 1-1.

Taylor Hall's first shift came right after the Scott goal. Hall was playing on a line with two Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau.

Hall and Gaudreau broke in behind the Central defence and nearly scored. Hall dished the puck to Gaudreau but Pekka Rinne made a nice stop.

Rinne received a penalty for playing the puck outside of the trapezoid, resulting in the first power play of the day.

On the man advantage, Pacific converted for a goal to take the lead. Pavelski picked up a rebound and hammered it home past Rinne to make it 2-1 for the white side.

With 1:59 to go in the first, James Neal scored his second of the game, going five-hole on Jonathan Quick to knot the game at 2-2.

16 seconds later, Hall made a brilliant pass up to Gaudreau and Giordano, sending the two Flames alone on a two-on-none. Gaudreau picked the top corner to put Pacific back in the lead.

Scott pushed Patrick Kane aside and created a breakaway attempt. However, it was Kane who tied it with 33 seconds to go in the first not long after that. After scoring, Kane jokingly dropped his gloves and went after Scott in a mock fight.

It was tied 3-3 after one with Pacific leading 8-7 on the shot clock.

Daniel Sedin's goal 1:49 into the second period put Pacific Division back in the lead.

On a breakaway, John Scott scored with 6:33 to play. He wired a shot glove side on Devan Dubnyk to extend Pacific's lead to 5-3.

Taylor Hall worked a give-and-go with Johnny Gaudreau to make it a 6-3 lead for Pacific with 5:56 to go.

Daniel Sedin made it 7-3 on a scramble in front of the Central goal but then the black team responded with two quick goals, by Tyler Seguin and Dustin Byfuglien, to narrow the gap to 7-5.

After a brilliant save by Gibson, Gaudreau and Hall broke in a two-on-none. Gaudreau dropped the puck back to Hall who scored on Dubnyk with a nifty move.

Doughty netted an empty netter with 1:15 to go to make it 9-5. Nine seconds later, Central scored to narrow the gap to three once again on a blast by Roman Josi.

Final shot count in the game was 22-17 for Pacific.

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