The date: April 24, 1991. Location: Northlands Coliseum (now Rexall Place), Edmonton. It was Game 6 of the Smythe Division Semifinal between the 2-seed Calgary Flames and the 3-seed Edmonton Oilers. With the game tied at 1 in overtime. third-year Flames right winger Theo Fleury delivered one of the most famous goal celebrations in hockey history to force a seventh game back in Calgary. It was one of those moments Oiler fans would like to forget.
Fast forward 22 years later to last night: same building, different opponent. Trailing 1-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins thought he tied the game, but the goal was disallowed due to Sam Gagner being in the crease to cause incidental contact with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Oiler fans started to pelt the ice with trash in protest to the goal being wiped away. 55 seconds later, this happened.
And to think about it, legendary Canadian play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert was on the call for both of these goals! When asked about Yakupov’s goal celebration on Twitter by TSN’s Dan O’Toole, Fleury responded with this tweet:
It was the best 3rd game goal celebration I’ve ever seen.