Tag: Nail Yakupov

Martin Marincin

Marincin scores the winner as the Oilers edge the Bruins in a 12-round shootout


Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin scored the shootout winner as Edmonton edged the Boston Bruins 4-3 Wednesday night.

Marincin, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday, was the only player in the 12-round shootout to find the back of the net.

Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead in the first.

After Loui Eriksson got the Bruins on the board, Teddy Purcell restored the two-goal lead with his seventh of the season. Purcell also added an assist in the win.

Reilly Smith and David Pastrnak scored third period goals to tie it 3-3 and force overtime.

Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the loss.

Jordan Eberle had two helpers for the Oilers, who lost defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Anton Lander to injuries in the second period.

Boston has picked up just two of a possible six points on its four game road trip and are winless in five (0-3-2). The Bruins conclude the trip Friday in St. Louis.

“We’re not going to stand here and think that we’re doing OK,” said Claude Julien. “We’re underachieving right now and our game’s got to get better.

“I still feel we’ve got the group in there to make it better, so it’s up to us to take charge.”

Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Ben Scrivens made 38 saves in his first game back from a thigh injury.

Jets top Oilers with second straight shootout win


The Winnipeg Jets have had to work hard for every point they’ve earned lately. Their 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton tonight was the fifth time in the last seven contests that Winnipeg couldn’t settle things in 60 minutes.

Nail Yakupov, who has struggled offensively for most of the season, made things difficult for the Jets tonight with two goals including this power-play marker late in the third period:

Edmonton’s late game lead was short-lived though as Andrew Ladd tied the contest just 42 seconds later with his 20th goal of the season:

Bryan Little was another major contributor for Winnipeg with two goals and an assist. Tyler Myers also found the back of the net, giving him three points in three contests since coming over to Winnipeg as part of the Evander Kane trade.

With back-to-back shootout wins, Winnipeg is now 30-19-10 this season. That means the Jets will end the night with at least a five-point cushion in the battle for a playoff spot and as much as a seven-point edge if Los Angeles and Minnesota lose against Tampa Bay and Vancouver respectively.

Video: Alexei Emelin’s big hit on Nail Yakupov


While Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers got the last laugh, they likely weren’t happy after this hit by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin:

There was no penalty on the play, but does that mean it was a legal check?

For what it’s worth, Yakupov returned to action and assisted on Anton Lander’s overtime game-winner. Emelin is a hard-hitting player, yet he hasn’t been suspended in his young NHL career.

The good news is that either way, the early word seems to be that Yakupov was able to shake it off. PHT will note if that changes, however.

Eberle brushes off trade rumors: ‘I want to be an Oiler’

Jordan Eberle

With Buffalo having fired the trade deadline’s first salvo — or, the first salvo in the tank-for-McEichel race, depending how you look at it — many are now focused on what the Sabres’ chief rival, Edmonton, will do in response.

One Oiler that’s appeared in trade rumors is Jordan Eberle. The 24-year-old is in his fifth season with the club, leads in both goals (15) and points (43), and knows his name is out there for all to see.

“Any time your team’s in the position we are, we have been for the last few years, names come up,” Eberle said, per NHL.com. “That’s the obvious thing, so you’ve got to put that aside. A lot of the times you have to try and use it as a compliment, you know, other teams want you.

“That being said, I want to be an Oiler, and I want to play here and I want to turn this thing around.”

These rumblings likely have more to do with Edmonton than Eberle. Primed to pick in the top-1o for the sixth year in a row, the Oilers head into tonight’s action 29th in the league — ahead of 30th-place Buffalo by four points — and as rudderless as ever. There’s no clear sign if GM Craig “Man of Action” MacTavish will give players one more chance, or start moving them out:

This invariably leads to talk about the “big three” of Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Of the group, Eberle is thought to be the most expendable because 1) he plays the wing, and 2) he’s the oldest. If Edmonton needs to retool in a significant manner, Eberle could net a significant return and there would be adequate replacements in the wings (pardon the pun), with Nail Yakupov topping the list.

That said, Edmonton would be giving up its alternate captain, most consistent scorer and longest-serving player. All of which is hard to fathom… on a variety of levels.

Video: Gionta takes Nielsen for ride with stick caught in skate

Nielsen Gionta

Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta had an eventful game against the New York Islanders. He got two shots on goal, which sadly accounted for 20% of Buffalo’s total, and he was involved in a bizarre incident in the first period.

Gionta’s stick ended up getting caught in Frans Nielsen’s skate, knocking the 30-year-old forward to the ice. Buffalo’s captain continued to skate forward, dragging Nielsen from one end of the ice to the other as he tried to free his stick.

Nielsen, who was playing in his 500th game, was fine and went on to record an assist in the Islanders’ 3-2 victory.

That certainly doesn’t happen every game, but when it does it doesn’t always result in one player dragging the other. For example, Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov got his stick caught in Ryan Ellis’ skate earlier this season and stopped playing to help untangle the Predators’ defenseman:

Scott Hannan also got his stick stuck in Rick Nash’s skate back in March 2014, but in that case Hannan let go of his stick: