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Video: Yakupov’s late blast lifts Oilers over Rangers

Feb 7, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

Nail Yakupov displayed he can help win a game with one shot.

The Edmonton Oilers’ sophomore forward, maligned at times this season as a healthy scratch and a concussion, scored the game winner on a rocket of a slap shot with less than two minutes remaining in regulation against the New York Rangers on Thursday. The goal broke a 1-1 deadlock, as the Oilers came away with the 2-1 win.

Of course, the goal would not have without the work down low behind the net by Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner, the subject of trade rumors in connection with the L.A. Kings.

  1. pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    I find it hard to dislike the guy. He’s got awesome potential and seems like a genuinely exciting player.

  2. joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    5 and 1 for the Oilers in the last 6 games. Go Oilers!

    • valoisvipers - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      It is good to see the Oilers doing well now if they would get someone to play the point on the PP that has a shot and can hold the puck in the zone. This is not you Justin Schultz! The Oilers shoot themselves in the foot between poor and wild shot selections and Schultz not holding pucks in the zone. They literally kill off their own PP with that crap and it has to stop and it is up to Eakins to end and end it now.

      • joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        Hi valoisvipers, Very good observation. I also noticed a few deficiencies in their game which Eakins is directly responsible for fixing. Ex: they don’t lean enough on their sticks when playing along the boards resulting in a lot of loss battles. Too many soft passes in their d zone resulting in giveaways. The devil is in the details. Many coaches spend more time on teaching systems and tactics, but very few spend enough time teaching and demanding execution on techniques. The ones that do all three (and more) are usually more successful.

  3. 7mantel - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    The other day I thought the NYR played their best game in a long time , can’t say that about last night’s game !

    • stepanup - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Rangers only brought it to Edmonton for one shift, the first one of the second period where they caused the turnover and potted the goal. Otherwise they didn’t seem to have much conviction or desperation. Also, Callahan’s chances in the 3rd need to be buried. A 6M or 7M guy buries one of those and the Rangers win.

      • 7mantel - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Spot on !

      • cofran2004 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Absolutely. the more I watch, the more i’m thinking that stewart trade is looking pretty good…

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