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#61 NZCanuck

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:18 AM

im impressed how far he slid on just 3 strides


On end of the period ice too. It's not like the zamboni had just been out.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:21 AM

I don't mind the celebration. Big goal for a rookie, Oilers had been screwed out of 2 others, 4 seconds left and to top it off Edmonton agreed on a deal for a new arena to keep the Oilers in Edmonton meaning the crowd would likely have been insanely hyped which the players would have fed off.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:23 AM

only the kings should be angered by this.

Yakupov better watch his back the next time the oil face the kings. He probably wont be a target of any cheap shots, but kings players will definitly go out of their way to "finish" their checks on him
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:47 AM

Call me a bigot, I don't care cuz I'm just being honest: Russians bring a whole new level of douche to the game.

"Ovechkin's a douche" - Maxim Talbot

Ovechkin may be a douche, but why does him or Yakupov celebrating with flair make them douches?

And on an unrelated note, how did hockey become a sport were celebrating is frowned upon? Football and Soccer celebrations far more extreme than this.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:49 AM

Flames fans seem but hurt over it


Yet Fleury loves it.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:09 AM

He's a young russian, what do you expect? Look at Ovie, he still goes crazy when he scores lol.

Like you said, it came right after a goal was disallowed, so the context of the goal just made it that much more exciting. I feel good for the kid.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:16 AM

fn justified
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:23 AM

Clutch goal at home. League needs more enthusiasm like this.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:26 AM

Given the circumstances of how the refs pretty much blew a pretty bs call taking away a goal for the Oilers a minute before the goal, yeah, I think the celebration is perfect for it.


I dunno if you watched, but the Oilers got screwed when they scored the tying goal only to have it taken away by a stupid goalie interference call, which btw, wasn't even penalized!!
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:44 AM

Imagine if a canuck did that. Chaos would occur.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:03 AM

kid is 19, that was his first huge goal in the NHL there was only 4 seconds left and honestly they were getting horrible calls all night especially that no goal call that just happened less than a minute before so i'm sure that had something to do with it as well

the kid was excited, nothing wrong with it
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

Over the top, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was trying to go for a theo fleury type moment.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:34 AM

man the kings a bums. they whine about this but there media guy can chirp us via twitter after our series? I like Richards and doughty but I'm really beginning to hate this team.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:06 AM

It was fine. But I'm sure you guys wouldn't like it if someone like Patrick Kane or Brad Marchand performed a celebration like that. :lol:


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

I think it was a little much...but a tying goal in the dying seconds - yeah, I guess he got a little excited and deserved to celebrate. With that, I think there's a bit of an ego there, hopefully, he'll keep it in check. He's young, so let him have his fun. I have a hard time criticizing a player who shows passion and emotion during a game.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I was OK with it. Normally I wouldn't condone it but after they got ripped off with a goal being wiped out it made a lot more sense to enjoy this goal.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

It was fine. But I'm sure you guys wouldn't like it if someone like Patrick Kane or Brad Marchand performed a celebration like that. :lol:


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

Hypocrite oiler fans.

When Burrows scored the OT goal against Chicago in the first round, game 7, 2011 and celebrated, people were complaining of the celebration and how it was over the top.

This is game 3 of the regular season.......
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

A little over the top, but the kid is excited

Second NHL game
Scores his second goal (a huge one which gave them the chance to win)
A big FU to the refs for some of the horrible officiating.

Ovie was similar to that when he first got into the league and toned down, I am sure Nail will as well.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:21 AM

looks worse due to how far he slid lol
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

I think it was over the top, but I'm also okay with it considering he's just a kid, it was an emotional game, the celebration wasn't staged.

I would hate to see any Canuck do this, just because of the fact it would be an even bigger story and everyone outside of BC would be complaining about it.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

Hilarious.

When you are someone known for making pointless thread after pointless thread like Mr.Reputable is, and you make a minor comment that makes would be fine in the other thread where it is perfectly on topic, it's fine to point out that there is no reason for the thread.

What's the point, doesn't bother me all that much but really just doesn't seem necessary especially when he is renound for making unnecessary threads. And I actually still contributed my opinion on it anyways.

And like everyone in your boat saying "don't read the thread", you don't have to reply to me and others who also don't think it is worthy of a thread. Same thing.

I'm trying to enjoy the thread without the thread police coming in and spamming it with their crap about how they don't approve of the thread. You're crying over the internet. Get real.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

I loved it, they just got screwed out of a goal and they tied it up. Add to that he's already an excitable guy on the ice and a rookie. Great celebration.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

I hated when people used to complain that guys like Naslund didn't celebrate enough. To me whether you celebrate or not it really doesn't matter because ultimately its just one goal in every case ..Those who support it will call it showing passion and those who hate it will call it cocky. That being said I think in this instance the celebration was warranted but a little over the top because it wasn't like that goal was his first goal nor was it scored in a game that will ultimately mean anything in the long run. To me unless its a playoff game or a huge milestone a huge celebration isnt necessary but I can see how you can argue both sides.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

So we can't celebrate goals now?

:P

I thought it was awesome.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:03 PM

Not ok all the time but, given the timing of the goal and the fact that he's a fresh faced rookie, I think it's great that he expressed his emotions. Party on!
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

Yakupov’s goal celebration and death to the NHL’s tedious decorum

“Act like you’ve been there.”

It’s a classic bit of advice passed down to rookies from sage veterans that have long since lost their wide-eyed enthusiasm and formidable passion. It’s a request for class and humility masking a repressed desire to be the guy who slides down the ice on his knees, waves of adulation from the crowd crashing on them as cameras capture the highlight for perpetuity.
Or maybe those sage advisers aren't wired that way, which is to say not wired the way Nail Yakupov is wired.
The Edmonton Oilers rookie batted a puck out of mid-air to tie the Los Angeles Kings with 4.7 seconds left on Thursday night – right after the Oilers’ initial tying goal was waived off – and then proceeded to skate down the ice, drop to his kneesand slide into the Edmonton defensive zone before being mobbed by his teammates.
It was reminiscent, to the point of tribute, of Theo Fleury's celebration after scoring the OT goal in Game 6 of the 1991 Smythe Division semifinals against – who else? – the Edmonton Oilers. If this was premeditated by Yakupov, it’s a brilliantly subversive one: Re-imagining a quintessential moment for a rival franchise as his own.
That’s probably giving Yakupov too much credit. It felt very much in the moment and spontaneous. That’s why, by and large, it’s been given a pass by hockey punditry that otherwise bemoans anything that emphasizes the name on the back rather than the logo on the front.
Yakupov’s celebration is the latest litmus test measuring the NHL’s stodgy, homogenous culture and the way it reacts to the ego and personality of – frequently European and Russian – players that call for the spotlight on their achievements.
It appears the snobs are losing.

Sure, there was some blow-back on Yakupov. The Los Angeles Kings, as expected, weren’t fans
David Staples of Cult of Hockey toed the line between celebrating the rebirth of enthusiasm for Oilers hockey and the death of communal celebrations:


Part of me certainly loved to see Yakupov score, then streak down the ice, fall to his knees and spin round, then bow down low as if he were giving thanks.
But part of me wondered why he wasn’t celebrating with his teammates. I’m old school, I suppose. I like that basketball tradition where once you score a bucket, the first thing you do is point a finger at the guy who passed you the ball, acknowledging him. Same goes for hockey. That’s what we teach on my team.


A fair point. Also fair: We don’t want hockey to turn into soccer. Like, ever. Not in players flopped like they’ve been hit by sniper fire to gain a call. Not in international tournaments taking precedence over the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And not in seeing every player on every goal celebrating as if it’s the last goal that will ever be scored and/or that Jesus Christ just handed them a beer.
What earns them a pass: Spontaneity. It’s the difference between what Yakupov did and what Alex Ovechkindid when he scored his 50th goal in 2009 and did the “Hot Stick” celebration. That was planned. This wasn’t. Hence, the criticism isn’t as voluminous as it was for Ovechkin.
But perhaps it’s also because as the NHL has gained undeniable momentum in the last several years, its players have been pushed farther into the spotlight than ever before.
The 2005 lockout’s ills were soothed by Crosby vs. Ovechkin; Crosby vs. Giroux was the launching pad for last weekend’s record post-lockout ratings. ‘HBO 24/7’ and the NHL Network’s personality driven shows, all thanks to Ross Greenberg, have made stars of players that were previously curiosities: Think Ilya Bryzgalov.
From The Copper and the Blue:


And to every sports writer that questions the celebration because Yakupov is young, or Russian, or young and Russian -- go score the biggest goal of your career, the biggest goal in the last six years of the franchise, against the defending Stanley Cup champions, and stand still and solemnly salute the honor of Orr, Howe and Morenz while the crowd roars around you. I can only hope that Yakupov's celebration is just the beginning.


The NHL needs moments like Yakupov’s. It needs signals that moribund franchises are turning the corner. It needs highlights that quickly define a young star’s career. It needs joy. It needs chaos that rattles the anticipated decorum. It needs this -- in moderation, of course.
And it also needs whatever will be coming to Yakupov next time the Kings and Oilers play. Because that's why we'll watch.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

I'm not sure how huge the goal was. Yes it was a game tying goal, but where do you go from there. What would he do if he ever scores a series clincher or a stanley cup winning goal? Do a flying leap into the crowd?

Ovechkin had just as much right to celebrate. He was ripping the league apart at the time, and had just scored his 50th goal. Is that not a good reason to celebrate? I don't see how that move is any more premeditated then the Burrows bow and arrow, or any of those fist pump/fist drag celebrations.

I think Flames fans are just mad cause he did that move better than Fleury though. :lol:


I thought the ovi one was kinda dumb. Not that it was wrong or anything, I just saw it as kinda dorky and didnt turn out as cool as he thought it would. Kinda like the dude from office space that does the O face thing. Your just kinda like "yeahhh ok buddy" lol.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

I don't have a problem with NHL players showing some flare when they score a goal. The NHL needs more personality. It is enterainment after all.

Was a bigger celebration than normal warranted, as it was a game tying goal with a few seconds to spare? Absolutely. Was to the extent that he did celebrate warranted? I'd say no, as it was the third game of the regular season. OT goal of the regular season, I have no issue with that. Like I said, the NHL needs more personality.

Could you imagine if he would have scored the OT winner yesterday? Yak would have had an aneurism.
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