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May 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) scores on Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Hall had quite the goal Wednesday night. The Bruins winger is rapidly emerging as arguably their most dynamic offensive threat, and he made another case for that when he scored against the Capitals in Game 3 in a way that almost no one else on the roster can.

If you’re reading this, you probably saw Hall’s highlight-reel effort in real time. Just unspeakable filth by the former Hart Trophy winner, who is playing some of the best hockey of his career since landing in Boston. You can watch below to see the goal from all different angles, and it’s certainly worth a view.

Forget the Bruins, not a ton of players in the league could show this level of skill and patience from in this tight on a goaltender. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand may be capable. But Hall is bigger than both of them and just as fast, if not faster. He may have underachieved in other spots during his career, but right now we’re seeing what he’s capable of when everything’s going right for him.

The patience to pivot to his forehand is really what made Hall’s goal stand out. He credited Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa, known endearingly as “Goalie Bob,” with advising him to show a little more patience around the net.

“[Essensa] skated by me at morning skate today and made a comment on a shot I had last game, that I probably could have pulled it around him instead of just shooting five-hole quick,” Hall said after the game Wednesday night. “So that was kind of on my mind as the day went on.

“There’s times in games that you just want to get it on net quickly, you want to surprise the goalie. But there’s also times that if you can make a play around him, then that’s what you can do as well. I’ve started to get some confidence goal scoring-wise since I’ve gotten here, and that’s probably a good example of that.”

When that little piece of advice translates to a goal like that … holy crap.

Hall was also clutch with his game-tying goal in Game 2, with Brad Marchand taking his turn to come through in Game 3. Ty Anderson and I talked about the performance of the Bruins’ stars and much more in our latest postgame podcast after Game 3, which you can listen to below.

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