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Video: Rupp’s struggle to bench shows what playoffs are all about

May 1, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

When you think of what it’s like to play in the playoffs, you think of winning at any cost. For Minnesota’s Mike Rupp, that’s just what it was like.

During the third period of the Wild’s 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago, Rupp got mixed up with Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy. The two went into the boards with Rupp coming out worse for the wear. While hobbled, thanks to losing his skate blade, there was Rupp trying desperately to get back to the bench while his team was shorthanded.

A vision like this is the sort of thing that lasts through the playoffs to show what it’s like to be part of a playoff team.

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  1. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - May 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Rupp wasn’t really hobbled, his skate lost a blade…so at least he wasn’t injured. But I get what you’re saying…

  2. vikingsvoice - May 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    His skate broke…did you even watch the game?

    • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Hobbled, he wrote, not injured. But saying that this is what the playoffs are all about is asinine, because the identical thing would have happened in a regular-season game–Rupp simply couldn’t stand up, so he crawled to the bench. No need to laud this as hockey wizardry for crying out loud. Maybe next Yerdon will write that Jonathan Quick’s obscene screwup is what the playoffs are all about, because it was something Patrick Roy has done.

      • vikingsvoice - May 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        “…Rupp coming out worse for the wear. While hobbled…”

        When you lead the hobbled comment with “Rupp coming out worse from wear”, the writer was clearly implying Rupp was injured. If Rupp had broke his stick, would you say he came out “worse from wear”. No. The writer clearly saw the clip and jumped the gun to push the whole “playoffs in hockey are different than any other sport” agenda. He didn’t do his due diligence and proper research before reporting this story. The editor should have caught it as well, prior to posting. It’s nice that he went back and added the skate blade comment though…

  3. vikingsvoice - May 1, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    What a fraud…

  4. hockeywithdrawal - May 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Hey man it’s a nice story, anyway…albeit misguided…I’m all for any and all articles concerning a class act like Rupp (outside of the one punch to Marty for no obvious reason, which was more funny than classless).

  5. chicagobtech - May 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Hobbled does not mean injured, it means to walk in an impeded manner.

  6. johnstone17 - May 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The Wild were called offside just as he got to the bench.

    • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Yep, I bet Yerdon would call that “all about the playoffs” too.

  7. mclovinhockey - May 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Yeah a broken skate blade, it was funny. Very similar to when talbot broke his leg and tried to skate off the ice in regular season to help the team.

  8. theblakfox - May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    How is everyone so outraged by this?

    • chicagobtech - May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      The only thing I was outraged with at last night’s game was the choice for Danica Patrick for the celebrity slot in Shoot The Puck. Can’t stand a driver who throws their pit crew under the team bus after a poor showing like she did at the 2010 Indy 500.

  9. vikingsvoice - May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Because when you read a story, you expect it to be correct. This isn’t twitter.

  10. drewsylvania - May 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Seriously? The guy wasn’t hurt at all. Stop with the trolling.

  11. drewsylvania - May 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The “story” as written now is correct. It’s also a non-story.

  12. wethog66 - May 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I don’t get this post. He broke one skate blade, not both. Can’t he use the boards to get up and skate back to the bench on 1 skate instead of crawling?

    Also not mentioned, because Rupp crawled back to the bench he put his team offsides as they came into the offensive zone. Seems like a dumb play by Rupp, not a playoff inspired one.

    • vikingsvoice - May 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      You obviously have never ice skated before.

      • wethog66 - May 1, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        I have. Used to be pretty good at it. Could skate backwards and everything.

  13. mp1131211 - May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Freaking A! I’m not even going in to work today because this article makes me SO MAAAAAADDD!!! Arrrrrrrrrgh! He wasn’t injured! Now I have to crush my
    iPhone so that the screen doesn’t ever show me this total bullsh** again!!! Hockey writers are so stupid!!!!

    I’m suing.

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