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Griping Grapes says Kings won't let it slide with Oilers' Yakupov

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

Cherry 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.

Yakupov 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."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 27, 2013 B5

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