Some players just have a knack for the moment.

And few fans in hockey have seen more of those moments than Edmonton.

They witnessed another one on Saturday when Taylor Hall tore a page out of the Oilers mid-80s handbook, scoring a natural hat-trick in the third period, all of them on the power play, to turn a lifeless dog of a hockey game into a save-your-ticket-stub finish.

With the Thrashers leading 3-1 and the Oilers going nowhere fast, Hall shifted into high gear and scored three in a row, at 1:42, 2:21 and 14:32 to give Edmonton a stunning 5-3 victory at Rexall Place.

The Thrashers scored on their first shot of the first period and their second shot of the second period to take a 2-0 lead. The Oilers offence was miserable. Four shots through the first 19:55 of the first period, 11 shots after 40 minutes.

After spirited and convincing wins over Dallas and Montreal, the Oilers reverted back to the game they played in losses to Ottawa and Anaheim.