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Taylor Hall, Barons hold off Houston

In his first game for the Barons, former No. 1 pick scores a goal and draws a critical penalty late in victory over Aeros.
By Mike Baldwin Published: November 2, 2012

But this time the Barons owned a 3-0 lead heading to the third period.

The lead quickly vanished. Mikael Granlund and Johan Larsson scored 38 seconds apart early in the period. Charlie Coyle tied it on a power-play goal with 9:07 remaining.

“They came hard and made us try to move the puck out of our end,” Eberle said. “It was the same story as last time. Obviously we have a lot of work to do as far as talking. Bottom line is we got a win and you have to be happy with that.”

Nelson liked what he saw from Hall, who signed a seven-year, $42 million extension in August after scoring 95 points the past two seasons in Edmonton.

“He got involved didn't he?” Nelson said. “For his first game back, I thought he looked really good. He skated well. The hit at the end, I'm not sure it was a blow to the head. We'll have to see what the league says. I thought it was a hard check but a clean check. Overall, I thought his game was good.”

Hall won't play in Saturday's rematch against Houston. Coming off surgery, Edmonton officials don't want him playing back-to-back nights for the time being. Hall, though, displayed the speed NHL scouts rave about.

“It's not so much how fast I'm going as much as being in the right spots and getting the puck a lot,” Hall said. “That's something I have to focus on going forward.

“We have a lot of games coming up to get even more used to the game. I'm not 100 percent, yet. But I'm excited I had a pretty good game. It was really good to be back out there with the guys again.”