What do you think of Nail Yakupov’s goal celebration?

Oilers Nail Yakupov scored the game TIEing goal with less that 5 seconds left, then does his best Theo Fleury impression.

Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Jarret on Yakupov: “It wasn’t something that was looked in a positive light in our dressing room but so be it he made a good play on the goal”

What do you think of it? When you leave comment, also state if you are an Oilers fan.


  1. Jay

    January 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Absolute fuckin idiot. Over did it. He’s going to get a target on his head from that

  2. Chris

    January 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Disgusting. Save it for when you win a meaningful game. Yakupunk.

  3. ChrisTwoFour

    January 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    He deserved to celebrate that way. With less than 5 seconds to go in the 3rd period, to score like that is Amazing. He is feeling it, and that is what hockey is about

  4. mike gogal

    January 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

    i frigin loved it!!! was cool for sure.he loves playing the game

  5. Jeff

    January 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Loved it! I watched it live and it fit into the context of the game. And its the kid’s first goal. Give him a break…

  6. Tom

    January 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    This game needs more players who can “sell it”.

    Why are TD dances ok for 200 million americans, but a few canadians get angry about a friggin goal celebration.

  7. jamal

    January 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    they got robbed on the goal a minute earlier,sweet justice i say…and to score with 4.7 seconds left in a close game on home ice ….
    well deserved celebration warranted.
    haters gonna hate ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

  8. Joe

    January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I’m a Red Wings fan and I thought it was great. Love the energy! Every player should show that kind of will to win! Can’t fault a player for giving his all and being excited about it paying off.

  9. Chey

    January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Not an Oilers fan but loved the celebration. After the lockout, the NHL needs some excitement to draw people back. Not too mention, Quick was chirping Yakupov previous to that goal, so not only was it with under 5 seconds left to go, but it shut Quick up.

  10. Jeff

    January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    A Canadian player jumps into the glass and its all fine and good. A Russian player slides on the ice, or pretends to shoot his glove, and we’re having this conversation…

  11. jeff

    January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    The sheer passion displayed tells me this kids gonna be huge! Amazing goal even better celebration!!!!
    I am now a real FAN!!!

  12. Tyson

    January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    He scored his first ever NHL goal. The dream he has been striving for his whole life with 4.7 seconds left in the game. He can cheer however he wants! Glad to see emotion…

  13. Jeff

    January 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Good call on Quick, i had forgotten than happened…

  14. Kevin

    January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    You’re kidding right…the emotion from the crowd, getting the goal called back (rightfully imo)…it just fueled this celebration. I mean under 10 seconds left? Each game means a ton in this shortened season. I just wish the caps played with such emotion. I loved it!

  15. Mark Easson

    January 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    @Jeff – It wasn’t his first goal. 2nd goal of the season.

  16. Kojack

    January 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Same reason why Euro footballers are such ego-inflated pansies… The goal was the result of awesome teamwork, yet the goal finisher steals all the accolades and seeks the spotlight? Lame. I love the NHL because it is NOT the NFL or NBA. I give Yakupov a lot of slack due to the disallowed goal earlier, but its too bad he had to streak past all his other teammates for a solo stage performance. Selfish.

  17. AJ

    January 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I had mixed feelings.
    First of, it was intense and it brought them back into the game in only his third ever NHL game, so it’s understandable.

    However he sure made it look like an individual achievement, which reflects on it badly. It’s not the AHL anymore. Whoever bumps into the glass at least gives fistbumps or hugs to teammates right after. It was his 2nd goal either.

    About the previous play, Gagner commited not one but two fouls on the disallowed goal. Before the play he clearly cross-checked Doughty in the back and right after he left his foot tangled up with Quick so he couldn’t move. It was the right call not to give it.

  18. JP

    January 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Over the top.

    He better be ready to remove his mittens the next time he plays the Kings. If you want to act like that, be prepared to handle the actions of the other team. If he is great. if not… Better be the last time we see it. And i’m not a Kings or Oilers fan.

  19. TD

    January 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Celebrate with your team, not yourself. Selfish celly. Typical Russian.

  20. Lion

    January 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    It was a little over the top, he should have celebrated with his mates and not made a show of it. Hopefully someone in the Oilers locker room put him in his place after that. You don’t see other young players (Senko, Huber, etc..) acting like that. There is a difference between youthful exuberance and youthful ignorance, but its not as big a difference as you might think. Way to go Yak. LGB!

  21. D

    January 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    i thought it was hilarious to see his 5 teammates on the ice skate towards him(yakupov) to celebrate with him, and he skates away to celebrate on his own

  22. Sh'mon

    January 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    It was a little over the top… playoffs that’s totally acceptable, but first NHL goal? #facepalm

  23. Sh'mon

    January 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Forgot to mention I’m NOT an Oiler’s fan.

  24. Patrick

    January 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    On replay it looks a little obnoxious, but watching it live in context it’s great. We need more of this in the NHL.

  25. gomez

    January 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    If you had watched the game and especailly the 3rd period you would have understood the situation and because of that , i had no problems with it, an emontional turn of events in this game with so many twists and turns ,

  26. Mike

    January 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Yakupov’s goal is entertainment!!! When did hockey become a sport of politics and trend following? If he did that in a blowout I would see the stupidity in that but to score with 5 seconds left it shows heart, willingness to win. Fans waited a long time for the season to begin and cut the kid some slack it’s his 2nd goal of the young career.

  27. Matt

    January 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I loved it. The passion and excitement were great. But than again I am an Oilers fan so I might be a tad bit biased…

  28. Mark Easson

    January 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Gene Principe via twitter: Yakupov – “I don’t think I did anything bad. I don’t doing anything bad to L.A. I just celebrated my goal.”

  29. Shaker

    January 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Looked like the third period of the Oilers of old, a flurry ( not Fleury ) around the net, lots of banging and crashing behind the net, fire-wagon final seconds of hockey, then a GOAL!!! Fantastic!!! The celebration was however a little un-team-mate like. But that’s what the dressing room is for, the rest of the players will “tune him in” behind closed doors. That’s how it’s done in hockey.

  30. Jeff

    January 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Maybe this is why the league continues to languish as the 4th or 5th or 6th most popular sport in North America. Nobody rips the RB or WR for a TD celebration, not even in high school, but that was clearly a team effort at the way down the field.

    Hockey needs to get out of the stone age and start selling itself and its stars. The players would be better for it (more popular game means higher salaries).

    Ridiculous that so many people think the kid stepped out of line. Its such a “polite canadian” way of looking at things. Live a little and have fun.