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Rupp on Jagr salute: “I was happy to get a goal and that’s where I’ll leave it.”

Jan 2, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

Even though the 2012 Winter Classic was filled with moments that set Twitter ablaze, none stoked the fires quite like Mike Rupp‘s Jaromir Jagr-esque goal celebration:

The move appeared to be a direct shot across Jagr’s bow, as No. 68 used that exact same celebration after scoring in his return to Pittsburgh last Thursday. But Rupp refused to address such speculation following the game, opting to play coy with reporters.

I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Rupp said. “I was happy to get a goal and that’s where I’ll leave it.”

Jagr, meanwhile, was far less hesitant in addressing the salute.

“[We're] still gonna play them three more times,” he told reporters. “And I think I’m gonna score and salute him back.”

This isn’t the first time Rupp’s starred on the big stage. In 2003, he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal and added a pair of assists for New Jersey in a 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 7. Best part? He did it as a 23-year-old rookie with 26 games of NHL experience.

UPDATE: Sportsnet’s Tony Ambrogio with the following tweet…

“Rupp told me his celebration after 1st goal was not mock salute of Jagr, was just excited.”

  1. Jeff - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    The teams’ chippiness towards each other added an extra spice to this year’s clsssic.

  2. mtm1321 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Rupp, nice job.

  3. mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Really a shame the Rangers who are excellent team showed zero class all day. Remember boys it’s a long season.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Haha it’s just comical coming from a guy who rarely shows up on the scoresheet. Regardless, the FlyBoys need to figure out the Rangers.

  5. bcs1283 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Mocking Jagr? Clearly Rupp was imitating the Mile High Salute

    /sarcasm

  6. bcjim - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Rupp = Big Dufus

    • johninpa - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Mike Rupp is a class guy. He’s a hard working player that gets the job done. Not only does he work hard on the ice, he does a lot of community service work. Loved him as a Penguin, and wish him nothing but the best.

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    You score a goal, you can celebrate however you want. Any problems, you know how to solve it… See what the Lightning did to Anisimov last month. Instead, you get Scott Fartsmell doing what he does best… Jaw at Rupper well after the fact. A real man would have dropped the gloves. But Fartsmell has never been even mistaken for a real man.

    Speaking of… Was there some kind of no fighting edict issued yesterday by the league? Considering how things were in the two previous Ranger/Flyer games and how chippy play was yesterday, it seemed pretty odd that there was not a single fight.

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