Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oilers Update - Nugent-Hopkins WJC collects 5 Points - Yakupov 1 Assist

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This morning, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected 5 points in his first ever World Junior Championships game.   The Burnaby BC native had a goal and 4 assist enroute to a 9-3 victory over the German National Squad.  Because of his impressive numbers, the Canadian captain was given ‘player of the game’ honors for his country and was seen after the game to be wearing a black 'cape' during his interview with TSN.
“No matter where you go, there’s always going to be pressure and expectations especially coming here and being from Canada,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “There’s a lot of pressure and we’re going to put that pressure on ourselves. We relish that. We’re excited about it.”

Pressure or not, the Canadians did exactly what they intended to do from the get-go: get the first goal and find the winning rhythm.  Nugent-Hopkins who was accompanied by fellow top-liners Johnathan Huberdeau and Mark Scheifele, certainly found the rhythm kept their play to a comfortable pace for the rest of Team Canada.

Canada will now face Slovakia at 1 am pacific time on Dec 28th 2012

In other news!

Russia’s Nail Yakupov had an assist when his club edged the visiting Slovaks by a score of 3-2 in overtime.  Yakupov finished the game with a shot goal and earned a even rating, while country man and Oilers draft pick Danil Zarkov didn't make the score sheet but was also an even rating.

videos courtesy of TSN and IIHF 

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