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After Cooke hit, Yakupov undergoing concussion protocol

Jan 17, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

Nail Yakupov is undergoing treatment for a concussion after leaving Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Minnesota following a hit from Wild forward Matt Cooke, the Oilers announced on Friday.

Here’s the incident in question, which occurred with about one minute remaining in the second period (the hit is at the start of the clip):

Yakupov left immediately and didn’t return, sitting out the entire third period. The Edmonton Journal notes that, during his postgame presser, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins didn’t offer up any health news regarding Yakupov, but did classify the play as a “bad turnover.”

Edmonton next plays tomorrow in Winnipeg, a 2 p.m. ET matinee.

  1. badgerhockey77 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Not a fan of Cooke at all. But, her certainly didn’t do anything wrong there. Just unfortunate that Yakupov smacked his head into the boards.

  2. 7mantel - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    As much as I would love to bash Cooke I did’t see anything dirty about that play !

  3. theskinsman - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Tough break,but not a dirty hit.

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Yeah, sucks but nothing egregious

  5. pens5829 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Eugene Melnyk wants a forensic investigation done on this hit.

  6. colby7 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    It was a “bad turnover”, Yakupov is just standing still stick handling and somehow doesn’t think he’s going to get hit. Oilers ruined him, he clearly should have developed more.

    • sunderlanding - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      If you’re going to be a star…you’ll be a star. Developing the player is just an excuse people make when someone can’t cut it in the big time.

  7. ash0war - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Hahaha good one. Poor Cookie he didn’t mean to hurt him… Miss him in Pitt!

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