The Edmonton Oilers have a young and skilled hockey club, thanks in part to their disappointing seasons over the last few years that led to them having the top pick in the draft, three years in a row. The latest first overall draft pick was Nail Yakupov, a Russian sniper with a lethal shot, similar to Alexander Ovechkin.
We know that Ovechkin loves to score goals which are followed by a dramatic celebration. And now this just in….Nail Yakupov also likes to score goals.
After scoring his first career NHL goal on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, Yakupov just about jumped through the glass and into the front row of spectators. With excitement written all over his face, you couldn’t help but instantly like the kid.
Thursday night, in what was a wild game in Edmonton, Yakupov once again stole the show with his game-tying goal with just over 4 seconds remaining. With the Oilers desperately trying to tie the game after being screwed over by the referees, Yakupov batted the puck out of mid-air and into the net, sending a sold-out Rexall Place into a frenzy.
What followed was one of the greatest goal celebrations we’ve seen in quite a few years. Yakupov burst up the middle of the ice and slid on his knees from blue line to blue line, reminding every Oilers fan of the pesky Theoren Fleury goal in game 6 of the 1991 playoffs.
Check out Yakupov celebrating the goal, courtesy of NHL.com.