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Video: Was Yakupov dirty in ducking Carcillo?

Feb 26, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

During Monday’s 3-2 overtime win for the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov ducked a Dan Carcillo hit in a way that drew criticism from Ed Olczyk:

The Edmonton Journal’s Bruce McCurdy conducted a poll about that situation, with about 70 percent of voters asserting that it was just “the price of doing business” for Carcillo.

(About 23 percent more believed that Yakupov should’ve given him “the ‘ol Sher-wood sandwich.” It was a … creatively worded poll.)

Neither Yakupov nor Carcillo were penalized at any point during that game.

  1. yanks33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Olcyzk loves to criticize anything bad that happens to the Hawks or goes against the Hawks…just shut you’re mouth you homer

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Everybody’s all hawked up right now, please ducking a carcillo hit and your the bad guy ? I would punish carcillo anyway I could and if I make him look like a fool doing it even better !

    • nunan - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      He does realize players don’t sit there and think, “okay, I’m about to get nailed and I could avoid the hit by ducking a bit but that would be dangerous and unfair to the other guy so I’ll just stand here and get crushed”…right? Olcyzk is annoying sometimes. His analysis is…’weird’…I don’t know how else to describe some of the things he says. Like, ya…I guess you’re right Olcyzk but it doesn’t really work that way sooooo…kudos to Yakupov. Plays like that rarely happen anyways.

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Dirty? Absolutely not. If carcillo doesnt want to go overtop and hit the boards himself next time, he better make sure he gets his man. Youre under no obligation to make sure you stay in the way to take a hit.

    • arlingtonrob - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      Is Olczyk annoying? Very much…

      Does he make a good point? Absolutely…

      It’s really simple…move left, move right, or take the hit. To drop down during a legal check can cause the checker to flip over the body, head first into the boards, which is why it’s considered a dangerous move. It’s a move that’s seldom seen because players are taught good technique.

      Apparently Yakupov missed that practice. Hopefully he learns soon.

      • jl9830 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM


  3. sabatimus - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Brad Marchand once got called for clipping on a similar play, though the opposing player didn’t hit his head on the boards.

  4. drez146 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I wish Eddie would just shut his mouth, he gets more annoying over time, if he was just a local color guy it wouldn’t be so bad but the fact is he does nationally televised games and sometimes they are Hawks games, just stick with CSN Chicago and no one outside of Chicago will care, what a homer

  5. leepetertk - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I don’t think this was a dirty play. However I do think Yakupov should just take this body check cleanly. Part of making the play is bracing yourself properly to accept a hit. Carcillo does not look like he goes in there with any intent other than to body check Yakupov and thus force him to move the puck.

    In the worse case scenario of Yakupov ducking/bailing from this hit, the two players may get tangled and could result in either player being injured. So I think its rather strange and unusual that Yakupov decides to duck and bail from the hit instead of just taking the body check.

    • jl9830 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      How does he know Carcillo isn’t going to head hunt him, like he’s done to many players in the past? Yakupov is under no obligation to subject himself to that. He’s allowed to get out of the way anyway he can.

  6. tatdue - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    It definitely shows what a pu$$y Yakupov is….

  7. thejackel316 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Olcyzk is not being a homer you fool!!! There is real cause for concern with a play like that, the reality is this game hockey, which I play, is a violent dangerous sport and it doesn’t need any foolish plays like that happening. The fact is car-bomb went to finish his check and the rookie wuss made a very bad move. He should have spun away or absorbed the finishing check. To put another players career at stake cause you can take a hit is unacceptable! And furthermore to Olcyzk’s point if coaches are teaching that dangerous play then the nhl needs to take action to resolve this issue before a big time star who plays physical get a career or life ending injury and puts a huge black mark on the league. And since most of you that posted are probably oiler fans, don’t cry cause you lost to the best team in hockey right now.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Not sure why you mentioned you play hockey, a lot of us who post here do, and it has nothing to do with the play in question. My guess is you’re upset cause it was a Hawk who was on the receiving end of the ducking, if it were Kane or Sharp or Toews you’d be talking about how smart the play was. Before I’ll give my opinion I’ll be honest I’m a Flames fan which means I hate the Oilers and will take any opportunity to criticize them!

      Now with that being said, the play wasn’t dirty, Yakupov has no obligation to stand there and get blown up, granted it would have been better to side step the hit, but it is what it is. I’m sure Cherry will be all over this on Saturday and go off on “gutless Russians” and say how no Canadian woud ever do that.

  8. dmacirish - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    why would that even remotely be considered dirty? did you need people to read one of your articles to make bonus or something? hope i helped, i read it and commented – no more of these though please.

  9. homes4118 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    You are all idiots. If you actually listened to Edzo, he was making a point to any young hockey players, that is not the way to avoid a check in any situation. ask any hockey coach. he never said the word dirty if you morons could hear also. Yakupov has been anything but mature since becoming pro, hence his goal celebrations

    • dmacirish - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      funny because i could have sworn it said “dirty” in the article’s title but apparently i am an idiot for reading it incorrectly.

    • stangz11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Where are those manners your mother taught you?

      In all seriousness though, there was only one thing wrong with what Yakupov did and that was how he let his stick go flying up in the air when he ducked it. Basically a player has two options in these cases. 1) He takes the hit into the boards or 2) he finds a way to avoid getting hit and possibly injured. I haven’t seen many players choose to avoid it but it’s not against the rules and forecheckers (in this case) need to be aware of that. If a player knows he is going to get wrecked he has a right to duck it and the defensive players must account for that. As for Yakupov’s maturity on the ice, I disagree entirely! I love seeing a player with some flair, passion, and talent. The kid is 19 and playing in the pros, let him have some fun! Energy, passion, and excitement do not equal immaturity.

  10. sjsharks66 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM


    You sound like a huge tool. Who cares if he dipped a check. The only reason this is a headline is because it is the hawks. People dip checks all the time. It is a fast pace, violent sport….only if the blackhawks get their way? Rightttttt

  11. acieu - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    The tiny x goalie who started asinine conversation always ducked the checks because no one could see him.

  12. mclovinhockey - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I have not watched this video yet, but ducking is the most gutless thing a player could do. This is hockey, if you can’t take a hit then get off the ice. Ducking is so dangerous it’s ridiculous. I once saw Marchand do it twice in one game… Although the 2nd time he didn’t finish his duck and got destroyed by Subban… Both players could have easily ended their careers on that hit cause of Marchand ducking. Pathetic

  13. jpat2424 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Believe me Eddie isnt a homer. I yell at him plenty of times while I’m watching hawks games and I don’t think it’s a dirty play. If you can avoid a hit why not.

  14. jasndc75 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I dont know if it is homer or not, but that’s a dumb-ass comment. I’m no fan of some of Nail’s antics, but If the hit is coming late enough after he gets ris of the puck that he can duck out of the way, he should get out of the way. (And that’s not at all to say it was a ‘late hit’ just that if you have time to move out of the way you are dumb not to. If you are going to hit a guy you need to be a better aim than to let him get out of the way

  15. tarotsujimoto74 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Just learning from the Bash Brothers, not sure what’s wrong with that.

  16. blomfeld - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Carcillo = Punk

    Yakupov = Suck Hole

    LA Kings = Stanley Cup Champions and absolute “best” team in the world today !

    Executive Summary: Yakupov is merely representative of most contemporary Russian hockey players today, who constantly display an unacceptable penchant for immaturity, conceit and buffoonery. It’s ironic really, as this behavior is completely at odds with their predecessors, the “highly” skilled, glorious and selfless heroes of 70’s era Soviet hockey. Kharlamov, Tretiak and Maltsev exemplified the way the game “ought” to be played … not these punks like Nail, Ovi or Bryzi …

    • valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Welcome back comrade!

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        Valoisvipers = Quality

        thank you comrade … I’ve been away for a while, but never in spirit … you, Joey and Sportsfan are “excellent” people and I’ve missed speaking with you guys … God speed and let us talk further …

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Funny you should bring up those 70s era Soviet hockey players… that were criticized for being so cold and unexcited while playing the game.

      Seems like kids growing up in Russia heard that message loud and clear. They’re not going to be criticized for being stoic.

  17. letthecoldcome - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    “This game hockey, which I play…” Ha

  18. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t see a problem with it. Try this scenario on for size. You are clearing the puck from the defensive zone and see a checker coming for you. You can take the hit, or avoid the hit and beat the oposition up the ice to create an odd man situation. Which do you do if you are a young offensive player?

  19. kingsforever - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Hello, my name is Brendan Shanahan from the Department of Player Safety. I have decided to suspend Nail Yakupov 1 game for avoiding Dan Carcillo’s high hit and not receiving a concussion in an orderly fashion.

  20. dolanster - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    It’s ridiculous to suggest that ducking is not a smart play. The checking player carries the risk of his own action. If he’s so out of control that he can’t reliably deliver contact then his airball of a check is his own problem. To suggest anyone has the duty to stand in front of a player racing in to crush you is absurd. Yakupov is not trying to injure Carcillo. It’s not a trip or a knee. Live by the board, die the board. Try to hit a fast maneuverable young guy and this happens sometime. I’m sure Carbomb would laugh at the suggestion that Yakupov should be penalized on this play. Eddie O’s cred just went out the window.

  21. keith8 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Ducking like this creates a scenario where Carcillo could trip into the boards head first. Yakupov is putting Carcillo into a vulnerable position. Much like if Yakupov spun around and put his back to Carcillo except then Yakupov would put himself in a vulnerable position, they’re both dangerous plays, the only difference would be whom becomes injured. If you step on the ice you should know you’re going to get hit at some point. If you can avoid the check, more power to you, but don’t duck and don’t put your back to the opposing player and face the boards.

  22. comeonnowguys - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I hate me some Carcillo, but this is shady. Sidestep the hit or absorb the hit.

  23. jl9830 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Haha it’s comical to me that someone else is being called dirty for DODGING A HIT from DANIEL CARCILLO. Screw Carcillo. You want to fly around hitting people? Get ready for them to TRY TO AVOID YOU.

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