ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Head coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Blues to have a shoot-first mentality, before the start of the second period Thursday night. Forward Nail Yakupov put the words into action, and scored on a slap shot, helping the Blues win 3-2 over the Minnesota Wild.
It was a very successful welcome to St. Louis for the winger who the Blues acquired by trade just a week ago.
Yakupov said he absolutely was nervous to play his first home game in St. Louis.
“It’s going to be much easier sleep for me tonight,” Yakupov says.
He also added an assist on a goal by Magnus Paajarvi in the third period. The two are former teammates with the Oilers in 2012-13.
Yakupov also admitted after the game that his goal was the first time he scored on a slap shot in his NHL career.
“It’s got to be once in a while right. So that was tonight,” Yakupov says. “I just tired it, you have to try to do something.”
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