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Is Yak a cheap shot?


Nail Yakupov clearly appears to be aiming his elbow at Ondrej Pavelec's head in the Oilers last game against Winnipeg on Dec 23, 2013.

Nail Yakupov flying elbow on Ondřej Pavelec. Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers 12/23/13 NHL (via Fred Murtz)


The question is what would make Yakupov do this? Doesn't he know that a goalie is holy ground, especially a goalies head? Do you think that because he was on the fourth line that he went out thinking he needed to play more of a tough guy, agitator-type role? To what degree does it appear self-defense plays a role?

Don Cherry, who is not known for his love of Yakupov, took exception to Yak's elbow as seen at th 3:57 mark:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/don-cherry-calls-out-oilers-fan-on-jersey-toss-1.2478168

He stated that the hockey gods will get Yakupov as CBC showed some of the tussles later in the game with Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd.

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