Watching Taylor Hall playing through the five-game losing streak, Edmonton fans saw a player who stood out from all the others.

He was hungry. Night in and night out, he played a robust, charge-the-barricades game.

But after the 5-0 debacle against the Anaheim Ducks last Friday, you had to wonder how much longer he could keep playing like his hair was on fire without being affected by those around him who were pulling the parachutes.