Don Cherry says Nail Yakupov “acted like an idiot” celebrating his goal

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Nail Yakupov’s incredible game-tying goal and celebration against Los Angeles earlier this week showed the hockey world what an excitable young star he might just turn out to be.

Most fans seemed to love his exuberance in sliding across the ice on his knees after potting a goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Most fans aren’t Don Cherry, however.

During his customary slot on Hockey Night in Canada, Grapes sounded off on Yakupov saying he “acted like an idiot” celebrating the way he did. Check out his full rant in video form here. [YouTube]

While most people compared his celebration to that of Theo Fleury’s back in 1991, Cherry also called Fleury an idiot for celebrating that way too. Cherry saying the Kings “will remember this to the dying day” is a nice bit of hyperbole, but hey, it’s Grapes.

Now go ahead and play the game the right way, would ya? *thumbs up*