Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
Wayne Gretzky was on the blower to Taylor Hall Thursday night to offer words of encouragement after Hall scored two goals in eight seconds on Long Island to break No. 99′s Edmonton Oilers record of a pair in nine seconds against the St. Louis almost 33 years ago. “That’s good…he seems like a nice young man” said Gretzky in a phone conversation after the game. “I remember when I’d break one of Gordie’s (Howe) records he always said that about me.” Gretzky didn’t see the game but he was texted by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun for a comment. “What was the score in the game? Did the Oilers win?” Gretzky asked over the phone. When told the Oilers had dropped a 3-2 decision to go to 1-6-1 on the season he was taken aback. “Two goals in eight seconds and the Oilers didn’t win?” “They do seem to be playing better though.” Hall finished off a great pass from Justin Schultz then banged a loose puck past Islander goalie Evgeni Nabokov on the next shift after he couldn’t handle Mark Arcobello’s knuckler. Two in eight seconds in the opening period. “That’s exciting for Edmonton. My records they’re there to be broken.” Hall only had one goal in 23 shots over seven games until lightning struck twice. The NHL record of two in four seconds is held by Nels Stewart in 1931 (I wasn’t at that game) and tied by Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Deron Quint in a game against the Oilers in December ’95. I saw that one. Quint was an offensive D-man who had 46 goals in over 400 NHL games but that was mind-boggling stuff. Gretzky’s two in nine seconds came at 5:49 and 5:58 of the third period in a 9-2 walloping of the Blues.
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