Nail Yakupov slid right into the hearts of Edmonton Oilers fans Thursday night. In the process, he also raised the ire of the winless defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. The top pick in last summer's NHL entry draft scored with 4.7 seconds left in the third period and Sam Gagner had the winner in overtime as Edmonton rallied for a wild 2-1 victory over the Kings. Yakupov's exuberant celebration took him to center ice, where he dropped to his knees and slid into Edmonton's defensive zone, screaming, as the 16,839 fans at Rexall Place cheered him on. "The fans were crazy," Yakupov said. "It was probably my greatest feeling. We showed our heart. It was the best night in the world. I've never seen anything like this." Yakupov's celebration had Oilers coach Ralph Krueger smiling. "He's watched a lot of soccer games," Krueger joked. The celebration was a little much, if you ask the Kings. "It wasn't something that was looked upon in a positive light," Kings center Jarret Stoll said. "But so be it. He made a good play." Krueger said the game brought out the best in his team.
Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov's celebration leaves Kings in angry mood
L.A. Daily News | Jan 26