The Flyers Didn’t Appreciate Mike Rupp’s Salute

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Yeah, so remember that post from last week in which we celebrated Jaromir Jagr saluting fat and crying Penguins fans? Well, what’s that saying? What goes around… comes around to bite Jagr in the ass in front of 46,000 fans? 

Or something like that.

Mike Rupp performed his own version of Jagr’s salute – which had him trending worldwide on Twitter – after he scored his first of two goals. Braydon Coburn wasn’t a fan. Former Flyers beat writer Chuck Gormley provides the quotes from Coburn:

"He's probably got the same amount of goals as Jags, right?" Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn said after seeing Rupp score his second and third goals of the season in New York's 3-2 win.

"So he can do a salute? I don't care. It is what it is. He got the last laugh because he got two goals." 

"I don't know if (the salute) is something that was premeditated on his part or what," Coburn said. "They won the game and he got two goals, so what can you say? We've got a rivalry brewing with these guys. There's some bad blood now."

 

Oh, it just now got some bad blood? OK, don't tell HBO.

Scott Hartnell also had a problem with Rupp's celebration. More from Gormley’s article on CSNWashington.com:

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell didn't appreciate the gesture and before the start of the third period the two had words at center ice. According to NBC television analyst Darren Pang, Hartnell told Rupp to "show some respect. Jaromir Jagr is a Hall of Famer."

 

Yeah, but what did Jagr, who left the game in the second period with a calf strain (officially a lower-body injury, according to Paul Holmgren), think?

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He said he didn’t care, but then passively dropped this gem: 

“Maybe he’s celebrating like that, I don’t know, he doesn’t score many goals, so…” 

 

Heh.

After the game, Rupp wrote on his blog on NHL.com:

People were asking me about the salute I gave after scoring. You may not believe this, but it was just a moment of excitement. I was really just excited to contribute offensively and hopefully at that time get us back in the game. I'm just glad we were able to get back in the game. 

 

We don’t really believe it, and thoroughly preferred Brayden Schenn’s boyish jubilance over his first NHL goal… but now our grapes are just sour. 

Why do I get the feeling these two teams will play in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Video of Jagr post-game is after the jump.

 

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11 Responses

  1. doesnt matter if you are rupp or jagr, first time i saw jagr do it, i thought it was disrespectful to the opponent. if you do it, expect other to do it back when they do well

  2. Yeah, last time the Flyers lost in the Winter Classic they met the WC Winner in the playoffs and went to the cup. In the end it was a soft goal that cost us this game although Bob played well. I would have started Bryz.
    More pressing is the Jagr injury and what is going to become of Bryz. I’m not really worried. I’m still shocked the team is playing as well as it is right now. I fear the second half could be a big let down without the proper leadership.
    I honestly had Briere pegged to step up big in this game. Can’t believe we were awarded the penalty shot; can’t believe we didn’t get it. Ugh. Oh Danny Boy.

  3. Who cares…. Bob showed that we dont have a #1 goalie with his weak sAVES…
    O WELLL…another year with a goalie who cant make a big save… or a easy save..

  4. G didn’t take the penalty shot because Laviolette chose Briere. Sometimes coaches play hunches and it doesn’t work out.
    Also, teams typically don’t get to conference finals with goaltending this unreliable.

  5. did someone really say this
    “Bob played well.”
    go eff yourself and get back to not watching hockey ever. Bob is awful
    Love,
    Beez Nutz

  6. Giroux isn’t the teams best shootout guy. He’s actually been far worse than average; Briere has been one of the best.

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