There are moments Taylor Hall said he'll long remember -like his first NHL game, his first goal with the Edmonton Oilers and, now, his first NHL hat trick.

And not just any hat trick. The rookie with the gift for theatrics, scored three power play goals in the third period to lift the Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday afternoon.

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"That ranks right up there with my first NHL game and Memorial Cups and stuff like that," Hall said after the roar of approval from the Rexall Place crowd had finally died down. "Getting a hat trick is a little bit of a different feeling. You get a sense of accomplishment. You get to feel good about yourself, skating over to the bench while everyone's cheering your name. It's a special feeling."

The last Oiler to dominate a period like Hall did against the Thrashers was none other than Wayne Gretzky, who scored four goals in the third period of a game against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 18, 1981. The Oil coasted to a 9-2 victory on that occasion.

The last Oiler to score a hat trick was Sam Gagner, who put away three goals against the Colorado Avalanche on March 19, 2009.

But this was Hall, the Oilers' prized pick from the June 2010 NHL entry draft. He was so dominant in the third that he had eight of the Oilers' 15 shots through the final 20 minutes and he ignited a building with his 18th, 19th and 20th goals of the season.

All this after going seven games without scoring a goal.

"I was just happy to get one. I was on a bit of a cold streak," said Hall, an acute numbers guy who knew that one of the triggers on the bonus side of his contract is the 20-goal milestone, which is worth $212,000 US. "At the start of the year, you don't really set any goals for yourself, especially as a young kid coming in because you don't know what to expect or how the league is going to treat you. To get 20 goals is a pretty good accomplishment.