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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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