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Daily Archives: January 26, 2013

Watch goaltenders Eddie Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski square off in AHL brawl (FIGHT VIDEO)

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The last time we checked in on the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, they were completing a valiant comeback from down 5-0 to the Binghamton Senators after a goalie fight between Riku Helenius and Robin Lehner spiced things up.
On Saturday night, the Crunch were…

Cherry knocks Oilers’ Yakupov’s celebration

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Cherry knocks Oilers’ Yakupov’s celebration

Don Cherry criticizes Nail Yakupov's celebration in Edmonton Oilers 2-1 overtime win vs. the L.A. Kings on Thursday.
Don Cherry criticizes Nail Yakupov’s celebration in Edmonton Oilers 2-1 overtime win vs. the L.A. Kings on Thursday.

January 26, 2013, 8:49 pm


TORONTO — Don Cherry was not impressed with Nail Yakupov‘s post-goal hijinks.

The commentator criticized the Edmonton Oilers rookie in his weekly Hockey Night in Canada segment on Saturday for his exuberant celebration earlier in the week.

Yakupov scored the tying goal with 4.7 seconds left in the third as Edmonton went on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime on Thursday.

The top pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft then skated to centre ice, dropped to his knees and slid into the Oilers’ defensive end as Edmonton’s fans cheered in approval.

“If anytime you want to make our highlights at the start (of the show) just act like an idiot like this, you’ll get in our highlights,” said Cherry, as a clip of Yakupov’s celebration played.

Cherry didn’t like that Yakupov showed up Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick, who lay prone on the ice after the goal.

“Here’s the MVP of the National Hockey League, here’s the best goaltender in the world, he’s embarrassed him, laying there like that,” said Cherry. “I’m telling you they — L.A. — is going to remember this. They will remember this to the dying day.

“You don’t do stuff like that.”

Yakupov’s celebration was reminiscent of Theo Fleury’s fist-pumping reaction to scoring the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 1991 Smythe Division semifinals when the Calgary Flames edged Edmonton in overtime.

Cherry made that connection and pointed out that, ultimately, Fleury’s celebration served to motivate the Oilers to a decisive victory in Game 7 of that series.

“(Oilers captain Mark) Messier goes in the dressing room and says, ‘Are we going to lose to these guys with that Fleury acting like that, embarrassing us,”‘ said Cherry. “‘We gotta go out and win this game’ and they went out and won the game.

“You cannot act like that.”

Earlier in Cherry’s segment he criticized former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson for mishandling the roster put together by former general manager Brian Burke.

“Is this team not truculent, belligerent, pugnacious, and all that stuff?” said Cherry, invoking Burke’s infamous catchphrase. “This is exactly the team (Burke) wanted and Wilson screwed him up.”



Canadiens’ Pacioretty out three to four weeks

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Canadiens’ Pacioretty out three to four weeks

Sportsnet Staff

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January 26, 2013, 8:35 pm

Montreal Canadiens will be without Max Pacioretty for most of February.

The Canadiens forward underwent emergency appendicectomy surgery Saturday and will be out three to four weeks.

Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendicectomy tonight in Montreal – Out 3 to 4 weeks.

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 27, 2013

Pacioretty has four assists in three games this season for the Canadiens.

Last season, Pacioretty had a career year with 33 goals and 32 assists in 79 games for the club.

The Canadiens currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference with four points.



Brad Stuart’s hit on Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog: Shanaban coming? (VIDEO)

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The opening period of the Colorado Avalanche-San Jose Sharks Saturday matinee was dominated by Patrick Marleau’s seventh and eighth goals of the season (both on the power play) as the hosts took a 2-0 lead.
What prompted the power play time for the Sh…