NHL Canadian Corner – January 25, 2013.

Recapping the Oilers-Kings, Canadiens- Capitals, Senators-Panthers and Maple Leafs-Islanders games, plus updates on the Canucks, Jiri Hudler & Mark Scheifele, 

Yakupov celebrates late game-tying goal against Kings.

Yakupov celebrates late game-tying goal against the Kings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Nail Yakupov forced overtime with seconds remaining in regulation and Sam Gagner scored the game-winner in the extra frame as the Edmonton Oilers edged the LA Kings 2-1 in a game which saw some bizarre calls by the officials, “including one on the Oilers for smothering the puck and a 10-minute misconduct for starting a fight when wearing a face shield.” The Kings are now winless in their first three games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read some fools on Twitter criticized Yakupov for his exuberant celebration after scoring the late game-tying goal. He’s 19, has played in the NHL barely a week, and scored a clutch goal on home ice which would lead to an Oilers victory. I saw nothing wrong with his celebration, which was reminiscent of Theo Fleury’s memorable playoff goal celebration many years ago. Don’t worry, purists, I’m sure he’ll have the joy of scoring a big goal beaten out of him over time.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/WASHINGTON POST: The Montreal Canadiens handed the Washington Capitals their third straight loss with a 4-1 victory. Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty had two-point nights, while Carey Price kicked out 30 shots for the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have made considerable improvement since their listless 2-1 opening-night loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. As for the Capitals, while it’s only three games into the season, they obviously still have a lot of work to do, as they’re just not firing on all cylinders so far.

OTTAWA SUN/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Ottawa Senators overcame an early 1-0 deficit to down the Florida Panthers 3-1. Craig Anderson made 25 saves in the Senators victory while Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal. Tomas Fleischmann scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who’ve struggled offensively since their 5-1 opening night win over Carolina.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the Canadian NHL teams, the Senators have looked the best, winning their first three games of the season.

NEWSDAY/TORONTO SUN: The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 lead to drop a 7-4 decision to the New York Islanders.  Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner each scored twice in the Islander rally, the result of undisciplined play and shaky goaltending by the Leafs over the second and third periods.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It really was a tale of two games. The Leafs were dominant in the first period and appeared to have the game well in hand, but they collapsed midway through the second period and the Islanders made them pay.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks hope to do a better job gaining and holding leads during their upcoming road trip.

CALGARY HERALD: Winger Jiri Hudler has returned from mourning the death of his father in the Czech Republic and will rejoin the Flames for their game on Saturday against the Oilers.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Mark Scheifele is likely to be returned to juniors after this weekend.


  1. Are people really griping about Yakupov’s goal celebration? It wasn’t excessive – it was a big goal, on home ice.
    Lighten up, Francis.

  2. Great game … cool emotional
    celebration! Yakupov slid further than Theo. The complainers must be jealous old Flames fans! Go Oilers from a Sens fan.

  3. Leaf game was a stinker to be sure. Many, many things done wrong. While I could rag on about any one given player who didn’t play well last night, the team, as a whole, gave up on themselves by & large.

    Last night, on many call in post game talk shows, most callers wanted almost every Leaf player demoted, traded or waivered and anybody left, just thrown under the bus and run over twice for good measure.

    The compressed schedule with its 4 games in 6 night format is going to create a lot of games like the one we saw last night for quite a few teams. That said, the teams that learn quickly to rise above this adversity will be the teams that go on to the playoffs.

    • I’m guessing you’re talking about the Leafs? If so people seem to forget playing 3 games in 4 nights two of which were hard fought games (2-1 vs the sabers and the big win vs the pens) with no preseason to speak of all teams are feeling the effects…Philly, LA, Caps, etc.

      Unfortunately we won’t see good hockey and what we have for another week or two. :(

  4. The Senators are setting off to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke. It likely also helps that they had one of the highest amount of players playing through the lock out.

  5. Yakupov deserved to celebrate excessively…it was redemption and a a little slap in the face to the Refs who clearly took that first goal away illegally. Plus it was with 4 seconds left…….after not being able to beat Quick for 59:56….it was an emotional time.

  6. Good for him for celebrating. It’s not taunting and it shows passion. I wish there was more of it. This game SHOULD be fun. As fans we cheer and jump out of our seats and off of barstools to celebrate our teams successes but the players aren’t allowed? The media can bash all they want. Screw them for being Negative Normans instead of real fans like us. Nice goal, Nail!