While consuming my fixed dosage of broadcasted NHL hockey last week, an update from another game seized my attention as I beheld a goal celebration that was disputed by many NHL luminaries. The fête was of 19 year old Russian born player, Nail Yakupov who plays for the Edmonton Oilers and scored his second NHL goal. Although Yakupov’s celebration was very similar to Theo Fleury’s, it was very much welcomed by Edmonton fans. The timely goal was quite phenomenal but it’s the celebration that’s being delved.
A little précis for the folks that are unversed with the state in the video below. Edmonton (blue) is the home team and L.A. (white) is the visiting team. Mind you that L.A. is the present Stanley Cup champions with their star studded roster and are winning the game by a 1-0 score. Prior to the start of this video, Edmonton tied the game but the goal was disallowed due to “goaltender interference,” and now Edmonton works their magic. The rest is for you to make the judgement with the 1 minute video below. Please watch!
(Video: From Youtube)
Many critics/analysts have cited the celebration as “stupid” and “unnecessary,” and totally denigrating the opposition. “It was redundant and imprudent, it wasn’t as if the kid won the game for them, he only tied it!”, blasted a news commentator. “L.A. won’t forget him!” said another reporter.
However, the other side of the rink extolled the merriment! “So what if Yakupov’s vitality jolted the crowd?” claimed a fan on the radio. “He’s 19 and it’s the biggest goal for the kid in his lifetime, he’s just trying to have some fun,” mumbled another hockey nut. “It was an innocent reaction of joy,” professed another listener.
Personally, I disagree with the critics/analysts concerning their sentiments and relished the goal! How could any team affront the opposition with such a festivity? Should our actions have no character? I agree that there is an applicable time and place for celebration when capitalizing, but to exhibit a lifeless face whilst returning to the bench is irrational! How can I not be surged with adrenalin by equalizing the game with mere seconds? Should I plaster an exclamation mark on my face and veil my emotions? This is entertainment; fans digest top dollars not only to engross the atmosphere in the arena but to eyewitness top players craft history. By the way, Edmonton won this game in overtime.
Do you think Nail Yakupov’s actions were “overboard” or “vindicated?” Have you (or anyone else) ever concoct actions similar to this during/after a game?