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Yakupov ties it, Gagner wins it - Oilers vs. Kings

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Rookie Nail Yakupov celebrates his game tying goal as he slides across the ice

Games like these are the reason I love hockey. After Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had his tying goal taken away from him with 1:05 remaining in the third - which sparked fans to chant "bull sh*t" and throw things onto the ice - the Oilers weren't going to give up, even if they were facing the defending Stanley Cup champions. 

With only four seconds remaining, rookie Nail Yakupov showcased his hand eye skills as he batted a puck out of the air and past Jonathan Quick to tie the game. Even better, he did his own version of the Theo Fleury celebration as he slid across the ice on his knees in front of an erupted crowd at the Rexall Place. 

"It's unbelievable the passion he plays with," Nugent-Hopkins said of Yakupov. "He gets his teammates going and his fans going." 

In overtime Sam Gagner tapped in a nice feed from Ryan-Nugent Hopkins to complete the comeback and stun the winless Los Angeles Kings. What a win by the Oilers! 

[Photo: Andy Devlin, Getty Images]



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