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Video: Derek Morris doesn’t take kindly to Nail Yakupov’s OT-winner

Jan 31, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT

Nail Yakupov did it again. He scored a big goal and then something memorable happened during the celebration.

This time around, the 19-year-old sniper scored the game-winning goal as the Edmonton Oilers topped the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday. As you can see, he was far more subdued this time around, but Derek Morris decided to crash the party:

There’s some debate about what, exactly, made the the 34-year-old Coyotes defenseman so irate. Some blame it on Yakupov’s celebration while others think Morris reacted to Ryan Whitney‘s alleged “yapping.” (Most believe it was the latter.)

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any fallout from this situation. Should Morris see some supplemental discipline for his actions?

Regardless, it seems like we’ll have to follow how people react to Yakupov’s goal celebrations for a while. He already has a knack for finding the net; goals represent all four of his points so far in his rookie campaign.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Sore losing phx… Shocker

  2. rarelyshaves - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    classic phoenix.

  3. ron05342 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    It’s the Coyotes man…they are sore losers. If you haven’t seen their act I will refer you to the handshake line against the Kings last season in the WCF.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Some blame it on Yakupov’s celebration? Seriously? I get that some people didn’t like him skating away from his teammates the other time. This time he calls for his teammates. You can’t possibly have a problem with that unless you truly hate this kid.

    I have to agree with everyone else’s comments, sure looks like sour grapes to me.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      I think it might just be the press making a big deal of it this time. I agree with your thoughts.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Completely agree here – when I saw how he reacted I thought that was great. He obviously recognized that his previous celebration was a little selfish and wanted to make sure he shared it this time with his teammates. Good for that kid – don’t start turning everything he does into a “celebration” – let the kid have some personality

  5. geshtahl - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    The commentator said “I’m not a fan of that.” when Yakupov was calling for his teammates. Not a fan of what? It’s a winner, not some meaningless last second goal in a 7-1 blowout.

  6. dreamzilla - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    i just got 3 words for ya…..NAIL NAIL NAIL!!!!!

  7. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    I can see this Oilers team being the new Canucks in the next couple years! Complete D-bags!

  8. lallin66fan - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    come on guys! just let the kid celebrate!

  9. martyb30 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Phoenix…. you’ve been NAILED!!!!!!!

  10. zabala81 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Canadians need to stop being so anal

    • tatdue - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      You need to grow troll…you have no idea what nationality all these people commenting are for one and for two why the f’k would you go after a whole country over a handful of anonymous comments made on the internet moron? If you knew anything about Canadians at all you would know that there aren’t to many countries that are more laid back and easy going then Canadians….quite the opposite of anal actually. So maybe you should settle down some and quit being such an anus….

  11. thecheeman - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    You can’t jump a guy for yapping or celebrating, but let’s tell the story honestly. Nail Yakupov appears to be an extreme a**hole. Anyone who’s played sports can identify one when you see him.

    • east96st - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Let’s say you’re right, anyone who’s played sports knows the sweetest way to deal with that is to win and point up to the scoreboard everytime the guy opens his mouth. The beef here seems to be 100% with Whitney and Morris. Just some pathetic homer announcers bringing Yakupov’s name into it.

      • thecheeman - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        I don’t know if Yakupov had to do with the fight or not, he still comes off as a major a**hole. No need to make excuses for him, and I don’t even want him to stop. The league needs villains and an arrogant prick super-skilled Russian kid named Nail will do just fine.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      He’s also a kid playing his first several games with grown me.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Grown men, not grown me….although I’m also a grown-up

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Kruger: Nail, you are convened to a 9am video review. We will show clips on how to appropriately celebrate a goal, and what is deemed inappropriate.

    Nail: ah! Boss! Do I look arrogant out there?

    Kruger: see you at 9am in my office and prepare yourself by looking up the definition of humility. After the video review you will have to prepare an essay about about being humble.

  13. jkay1818 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    He definitely comes across as arrogant, but the kid has skills. I think players/fans are just looking for issues now. What did he do? all of these players, especially guys like ovechkin are way worse, the skating away and jumping into the boards. Tons of players do that, and this celebration isnt even that bad. Let them have fun out there, it was an OT winner, relax.

  14. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    First time he skates away from every body which puts him in the open for everyone to see him. I’m not saying that was his intent, but it doesn’t look good. However because it was the first time we chalk it up to youth living in the moment. Kane skated away from every body to celebrate his cup clinching goal. How will Yakupov celebrate such a goal?

    Last night he scored and again put himself in the open flapping his fingers in a way indicating that other players should come to him.

    Maybe he should watch Gretzky’s 894 (less major milestones and even some of those were tame in comparison) goals to learn something about humility.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      I didn’t mind Nails first celebration slide down the ice but wouldn’t want him to do it all the time but last nights come to me finger gestures were flat out weird. Seems like the media hype and what was said in the dressing room after his ice slide goal has the kid confused as to how to celebrate.I suggest a little bit of stone face like Brian Trottier would be nice.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Words of wisdom undoubtedly from a mature experienced hockey mind.

  15. hockeyfan763 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    People, watch the video. Morris is arguing a hand pass, it did go off Whitneys hand.Whitney then yaps at Morris and Morris goes after him. This scrap has nothing to do with Yakupov. Stop looking to continue a non story.

    • jkay1818 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Then why was morris doing the same gesture yakupov was doing and complaining about it?

      • spiciercheez - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        You are kidding right? Morris was clearly gesturing hand pass. Unless he got inside Nail’s head and knew he would celebrate like that, since they moved their arms at the same time….

  16. geo91 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Morris made himself look like a dummy, the game was over what are you doing guy!?

  17. capsfan19 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Whatever if u dont like it dont watch it. Let the boy celebrate. Almost all of the greats have done rediculous celebrations at some points. Ur just haters.

  18. gscheelar - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Hockey writers and fans often complain that players are bland and boring–need more characters in the game to spice it up. Then along comes a guy like Yakupov and everyone moans and whines about how he’s too much of a showboat or not playing the game the right way. You can’t have it both ways. I like it–and I hate the Oilers.

    The kid’s got game to back up the act. Other players don’t like the act? Simple: keep him from scoring.

  19. jaredo10 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    dont know exactly what was said down on the ice but you have to love Derek Morris attitude.

    • pandorasdadca - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Really? There’s a time and place for that. Right after you lost the game is not the time. These teams will see each other again and if Morris wants to have a go at Whitney then, I’m all for it. But to do it right after an OT winner just looks like sour grapes and adds to an already bad rep this team has.

  20. sjsblitz - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Some people enjoy their goals and assists in different ways. Nail has every right to celebrate, he’s just the focus because he’s number 1 over in ’12. No one says anything about Tarasenko. Get use to it kid, haters gonna hate

  21. scionofflame - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I don’t know how Yakupov looks ‘bad’ in this…I think the kid is still trying to get into the NHL swing of things. He went for the excited celebration and he was chastised for it…so he goes for something more tame, and people say he looks arrogant.

    Cut the kid a break. He’s out there to play hockey, and Morris should have been the bigger man and walked away from Whitney. You go to the refs and leave the player alone.

  22. slickdemetrius - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    That sort of unsportsmanship is severely frowned upon in Quebec City. Morris… Your out.

  23. darksidecowboy - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    No problem with Nail’s celebrations, he’s fun to watch and brings fun to the NHL. However, Morris wasn’t pissed about Nail’s celebration, but Whitney’s taunt at the end. If you’ve watched Morris over the years he doesn’t take sh*t from anybody. Good win for the Oil….signed a Yotes fan, besides we have more important things to worry about mainly keeping the team, which doesn’t look pretty.

  24. jkaflagg - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    At least he celebrated with his teammates this time unlike his solo Brandi Chastain sports bra celebration against the Kings…..the kid can really play, but the Oilers will need to keep a few cement heads around to protect him and the other kids….since they only play Western Conference teams this year, he may see some payback quickly….

  25. ironmike778 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I still don’t see what the issue is. It can’t be Yakupov because he did absolutely nothing wrong there.

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