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.

  31. Merchaholic

    January 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    He did celebrate with his team…

  32. Rudy

    January 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    He’s asking for a good old fashion ass kicking………

  33. Robb

    January 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I’m a big Oilers fan , but even if i wasn’t who did this hurt? The fans there loved it and them along with everyone who loves hockey is helping to pay the bills. Also after such a bad call by the refs the fans and more over the Oilers themselves had to be pumped by the end of this game.

  34. Just a fan

    January 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I am not an oilers fan by any stretch, but the kid is a raw rookie, scoring in the last 5 seconds of a game. His second ever NHL Goal, game tying goal. I would say the celebration was warranted. I Imagine most of the people whining about it watched their beloved Leafs get hammered.

  35. Jarod Mentzer

    January 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I’m a caps fan and I loved it. It was pure joy and the emotion of the game. I jumped up and ran around too when he scored

  36. hotwings

    January 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    i saw this whole game on tsn… it definitely was not uncalled for when you consider how the game went. also, you have to factor in that this is an 18 year old kid who has a lot of pressure to perform as a #1 draft pick… it seemed appropriate…

    a regular goal celebration would seem out of place if you saw the game.. it was like someone just popped a champagne bottle when they scored… tons of pressure had to be unleashed…

    i disagree that this was a meaningless game… its the young oilers we are talking about here. they just beat the nhl champs… and in a shortened season, every game is important…

    im an oilers fan.. but not a fan of the management!… to use a burkism… they are lottery winners… hopefully they can trade out 1 or 2 forwards (hemsky) for a vet d-man to help their situation… i think they will be in the top 10 drafting position again… not #1… but maybe #7?

  37. Phil

    January 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Its nice to see some emotion,,,,ever watch some of the idiot wide recievers in the NFL after a touchdown? That said, someone should have knocked him on his ass

  38. brice

    January 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I am not an oilers fan, but this celebration was flat out stupid. he isnt the only one on the ice working for that goal, a lucky bounce off another guys shot gave it to him. he litterally runs away from his teammates to celebrate “his” goal. how selfish of a player can you be? honestly, no respect for his own team.

  39. Lari

    January 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I believe that emotion matters a great deal in hockey. You can see the love of the game, the amount of feeling these players sometimes have vested in a game (or a playoff series). And that’s part of why I love hockey.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that every guy doesn’t celebrate like this. But I don’t have an issue with Yakupov’s celebration as long as he doesn’t make it a habit to do something wild on every goal.

    I say let these young players have their fun, especially if it is for a team that doesn’t have a great recent history of winning. Oh, also I am not an Oilers fan.

  40. hotwings

    January 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    i think the unspoken ethics “code” in hockey is a little antiquated… hockey… sports are just entertainment after all…

    there is a time and a place for this kind of celebration… you are only going to see is sparingly… i dont think it was a selfish celebration either… his skating away from the team like that is like a cork on a champagne bottle… his adrenaline is just getting released… you see the same kind of celebration in soccer when a player runs and slides to the corner flag… its nothing to do w/ being selfish… just a release of emotion

  41. Patrick

    January 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hockey fans like to make a big deal out of things that really don’t matter.

  42. Peter

    January 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Remember Ovie’s celebrations? nothing wrong with it then, nothing wrong with it now. I actually don’t think he meant to slide as far as he did!

  43. Nick

    January 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Here we go….another Ovechkin. Over reacting. It was not like he won the cup. Bounty on his head

  44. Nick

    January 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    He was acting like a little child or baby

  45. Brinn

    January 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Normally I would “Bertuzzi” someone for this kind of celebration but the kid was pumped for scoring a tying goal with seconds left on the clock against the Stanley Cup Champs. A goal was just called back and emotions were running high. The game needs this type of player!! Hopefully his teammates can keep him grounded and not let him get too cocky. If not he’ll get whats coming to him.

  46. Nick

    January 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I say Bertuzzi him!!!!!! Typical Russian Player. A big ass baby & wants all the attention. SHOW BOATTER. too late for his teammates, he already proved to the NHL he is cocky.