Sports Red-hot Hall not slowing down in 1st taste of playoffs

14:50  17 april  2018
14:50  17 april  2018 Source:   theScore

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Everybody knew Taylor Hall was chomping at the bit for his first taste of playoff hockey, and he sure is making the most of it.

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Hall notched two points in his playoff debut in Game 1 last week, and facing a must-win situation Monday night versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Hart Trophy candidate delivered yet another huge performance.

In over 22 minutes of action, Hall collected three points. He scored the Devils' first goal of the game, got the primary assist on the power play to tie things at 2-2 in the third period, and added another primary helper on the eventual game-winner as New Jersey came away with a 5-2 victory.

The Devils now trail 2-1 in the series.

Hall made a big-time statement in the regular season by netting a career-high 93 points in 76 games, and based on his postseason showing so far, he doesn't appear ready to slow down.

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Paul Pierce snickers at idea that Kyle Lowry will come up big in playoffs .
Even as an analyst, Paul Pierce still continues to troll the Toronto Raptors. During a halftime segment Wednesday on ESPN, the retired 10-time All-Star smiled and snickered at co-host Chauncey Billups’ suggestion that Raptors guard Kyle Lowry would come up big in the playoffs. Take a look at the clip: Pierce has some history with Lowry and the Raptors, of course. He eliminated them from the playoffs in two consecutive years, first in 2014 as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and then in 2015 with the Washington Wizards. There was definitely a bit of trash-talking and general bad blood coming from both sides as well, and it seems some of that still remains in the Year of our Lord 2018. Video via NBA RedditEven as an analyst, Paul Pierce still continues to troll the Toronto Raptors.

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