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EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 7: Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames checks Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers in first-period action at Rexall Place October 7, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
Taylor Hall's record-setting game helped get the Edmonton Oilers closer in the Western Conference playoff race. Hall had a hat trick and the Oilers scored early and often to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season, cruising past the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Saturday. Devan Dubnyk made 23 stops for his second shutout of the season and Ladislav Smid also scored for the Oilers (14-13-7), who are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games. Hall's third goal also set an Oilers record as the fastest hat trick to start a game at 7:53 -- beating the 12:38 set by Wayne Gretzky in 1986. ''It's a pretty special moment that I will never forget,'' Hall said. ''Playing in an organization like this one, the records you are trying to break have been set by pretty legendary players.'' The Oilers are in a four-team tie one point back of eighth-seed St. Louis in the Western Conference playoff race. ''We're a whole different team right now,'' Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. ''You can s...
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