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Video: Rupp gets tossed for hit on Oshie (Update: Blues winger is day-to-day)

Apr 10, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild – St. Louis Blues game saw heightened animosity on Thursday night after Mike Rupp received a match penalty for this hit on T.J. Oshie:

Oshie struggled to get up after that hit, but on the bright side, the American forward was able to eventually leave (more or less) under his own power. There is no update yet regarding how injured Oshie may be.

Update: Here’s a vague update for Oshie:

Rupp, 34, hasn’t ever been suspended before in his NHL career, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo explains why a suspension could be imminent:

The St. Louis Blues ended up losing their fourth game in a row as the Wild won 4-2 tonight.

  1. mp1131211 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Rupp’s time is up. Time to go. The Wild do not need any goons. Hope Oshi is OK

  2. nolockoutpricks - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    i hope hes ok rupp is a slug and im a wild fan

  3. chiadam - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Cheap and gutless hit by a goon that has no business being in the NHL. Something is drastically wrong with the game when a hack like Rupp can rob a real contender of their best player.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      rupp hasnt played all eyar for a reason..

      hope oshies ok

      • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        What does his shoulder injury have to do with anything?

  4. slickvb82 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Hope Oshie is ok, very unfortunate and stupid play by Rupp.

    Go Gophers!! Go Wild!!

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Wow, what a finish in the Minn/ND game

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        ill say

  5. jimw81 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    jody shelley was right about rupp, he is a joke

  6. billiam55 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    there goes blues stanley cup hopes.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      I’d wait on those sort of claims until we hear the extent of Oshie’s injury. He’s day to day as of now so who knows.

      • joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        With or without Oshie any team coming out of the Central will have to get by the Avs, and that is no walk in the park.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Run Varmalov, and win in 4 games

  7. lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Dirty blindside check. Not the worst of all time but clearly not necessary and had plenty of time and other options on where to hit and how to deliver. No need for that check to be close to the head. I truly hope Oshie is okay.

    Rupp’s last game with the Wild

    that said, Wild playing great and I would think any team would not want to play them right now .

    Folin looking great! currently +3, 1 assist that came off the post! first NHL game playing like a F’n Boss! love it, future Suter pairing.

    Oshie be well!!! :)

    • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Just as an FYI, blindside isn’t in the rules any more. If anything, he’s coming from the side and slightly in front of him even if blindside was still a part of the rules.

      Very much an illegal and suspendable hit though. Rupp comes across the body and picks the head, so it definitely should be suspended under the current check to the head rule. If Rupp had hit Oshie squarely through the center of his body and there was incidental contact to the head, he likely would have been fine.

      2-3 games based on past suspensions considering he has no history.

  8. guitarhunterdude - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    See ya, Rupp. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. Though you’re so slow you probably can’t help it.

  9. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I thought Rupp had a great personality on the 24/7 he was in. Other then that, he is a useless hockey player. Time to hang em up Rupp. Bad hit, probably rest of season and playoffs? Awkward time to be suspended. Not sure how the league will handle this one.

    Hope Oshie’s good for the playoffs.

  10. statsdolie - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Scumbag hit by typo

  11. muckleflugga - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    nothing in it …

    oshie cut inside an attempt to deliver a shoulder to shoulder clattering by rupp and was clipped in the jaw … with his experience and skill oshie should know better than to cycle blindly into the crossroads

    i see nothing in the way of calculated intent to cause harm as you saw with last night’s pitchforking to the nuts of a red wing player as administered by brooks orpik …

    followed by penguins’ bred-in-the-bone whine when product of orpik’s characteristic stupidity saw the red wing driven into orpik’s own goalie produce a goal for wings

    these hits are definable by tension as it occurs along a continuum between intent and stupidity … intent to make a hockey play and stupidity inherent in inability to perceive potential for harm as product of the intended play

    it’s all about time and timing in that continuum

    i doubt rupp had time to consciously deliver the apparent head shot whereas all of orpik’s efforts producing harm involve conscious and calculated effort to do just that … the reptilian brain only able to see the world in a single dimension …

    kill then eat

    none of that in rupp’s play, sorry girls .. breakout the lippy

    • clarke16 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      …at least somebody here get’s it. Thank you, mucky… Like crazy on a ship of fools on these boards sometimes… 😉

      • machosasquatcho - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Ahh yes, more blobfeld talking to itself. Shut up, blobfeld, you idiot.

      • joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        clarke16, only hockey experts can understand and relate to what you have written. In other words, your hockey IQ is much too high for the hockey illiterate participants on this site. Using your hockey expertise, experience, and tricks like pasting contents of the rule book to support your arguments will not earn you any support from the illiterate hockey fan, which there are many here. Few will appreciate your insight, and most will vilify you. A fanatic partisan is ill equipped to be as objective as you are, and most refuse to see the truth about their favorite team. They are brainwashed by their local broadcasters who convince the fan base that the team’s flaws are an illusion. Though some may see through the deceit they still refuse to admit it to themselves. The few that will relate to you are; jpelle81, polejim, muckleflugga, blomfeld (funny dude), 7mantel, stakex, valoisvipers (brilliant), and a few others. Most here are good people who have little insight into the game, and are simply fanatics. Sheeps! Then there are those like machosasquatcho who contribute absolutely nothing with respect to hockey, and act like a completely internet bully, and for reasons unbeknownst to me and many he has yet to have been banned.

      • yetidad - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM


    • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Rupp has a responsibility to hit squarely through the body of Oshie but never looks to be in that position. Even if you want to factor Oshie seeing and trying to avoid the hit (or just making a sudden change in direction to cut to the center of the ice just prior to the hit – I don’t agree he does either for the record) Rupp has to ensure he’s making a legal body check if he accidentally makes contact to the head.

  12. hardkor07mn - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Anybody else find it funny how all MN fans are supportive of Oshie and think the hit was BS? Go to any other page about a bad hit and there is ALWAYS some tool bag on there trying to justify the hit. Rupps hit was terrible and exactly the thing the NHL is trying to get rid of. Get well TJ. See ya in the playoffs

  13. clarke16 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    It was a questionable hit–no doubt…but give me a break with all the ridiculous, bleeding heart demonizing of Rupp… You all make it seem like was Bertuzzi or something shadowing the guy on the ice and intentionally targeting him to take out on a stretcher. God almighty… Have any of you ever like–actually played the game?

    First of all, Rupp is like 6-5/6-6 and Oshie is what? 5-10/5-11. Oshie’s head was down and circling into Rupp who followed through with his check–just as you’re trained to from the first time you lace ’em up… Yes–Rupp extended his shoulder into the check. Again–just like they draw it up. Yes–the head did partially take a direct blow…but it was a bam/bam play and those things happen–especially when Rupp’s height puts his shoulder at about little Oshie’s head level…

    Is it too bad it happened? Of course. But stop with all the whining, ladies… This is NHL hockey–not a polka dance in the church basement…

    • lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      your argument does not exclude the conduct one displays while playing a full contact sport.

      yes this is hockey, yes this was an illegal check, yes people should be upset

      You can not hit the head first or make it a point of contact. Rupp was in control of his check and he delivered it to the upper chest / head. Oshie’s head was down but still does not exclude the illegal check.

      Don’t mistake others constructive criticism as “whining”. Just as you are whining about other “whining” ….

      • clarke16 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        In your infinite wisdom–you apparently can look into your crystal ball and determine Rupp’s intent that guided him to premeditate the *targeting* of Oshie’s head. That’s a neat trick, my friend. I’m a mere mortal–not having that capability…

        As I said–it was a questionable hit…but again–those who have played the game have the scars to prove that hockey is a fast-paced, hard-nosed, contact sport…and like the analyst said in the broadcast–do to his size–what’s Rupp supposed to do–get down on one knee to make the check? Show me something–ANYTHING to support your thesis of intent. The man’s been in the league for many years–even show me a patterned history of examples of any kind of intent to injure to support the spit passing your lips…

        You know what the best part is? I’ll bet you that Oshie himself watches a replay and doesn’t whine a bit about it. He’s a hockey player. Unfortunate as it may be–he set himself for that hit. Had the player who hit him been his size–it never would have caught his melon… That’s part of the game.

        Again–this isn’t a refreshing pomegranate tea after a spirited game of Sunday afternoon badminton for God’s sake…

      • lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Just want you to know, I didn’t read any of your comment. Hope it was worth the ramble

      • clarke16 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        Undoubtedly why you maintain the ignorance you display… Keep up the good work. :)

      • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:55 AM

        lol… well played fletcher. It wasn’t worth reading anyway.

      • joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        “You can not hit the head first or make it a point of contact.” However, permissible if the blow comes in the form of a fist during a fight.

      • tved12 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        I don’t understand the outrage here. Rupp didn’t extend an arm/elbow, he didn’t launch, he didn’t charge, it didn’t seem like he was trying to hurt anybody. I thought it was an unfortunate play more than anything. Should Rupp get in trouble because he broke the rule? Yes. Should he have people calling for his head? IMO, that’s an overreaction.

        Rupp is paid to play a physical game and he it didn’t seem to me like he was trying to take a guy out.

        IMO Oshie is more at fault here. Skating into the middle of the zone with his head down and he gets clipped. I’ve never played organized ice hockey in my life, but I believe you’re told not to skate with your head down, right? Much less when you’re trying to go into the middle of the offensive zone where guys like Rupp are supposed to be patrolling.

  14. titansbro - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    You’d be trying to justify it too if Rupp were a good player. Easy to be sanctimonious when the player in question sucks & your team wouldn’t miss him.

    • clarke16 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Rupp doesn’t suck. He’s a role player…and what he was doing out there tonight is exactly what he is paid to do…

      You hit the nail on the head with the *sanctimonious* part, though. Embarrassing–no doubt.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM


    • credible316 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Somewhere Dustin Brown sent Rupp a text saying “great hit!”

  15. titansbro - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Clarke, that’s a pretty deliberate head shot bro. Don’t be naive. Thing is, he had a chance to stay low & hit him clean but he stayed high & put his shoulder/arm directly into his jaw. It was uncalled for & totally unnecessary. It’s not like Oshie unexpectedly ducked or something. His trajectory never changed.

    I hate when fans blame a players height for a head shot. Did he just wake up today & all of sudden he’s 6’4″? He’s too tall to make clean hits? Is that it? Lol, makes perfect sense now.

    • clarke16 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the HEAD IS TARGETED and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.

      Rupp followed through with a hit on a man eligible to be checked. His feet didn’t leave the ice or adjust his body in any way to suggest he was targeting any area of the body that I could see. His shoulder is about the height where Oshie’s head was when Oshie circled into the check. Was Oshie is a *vulnerable position*? Yes–his head was down as he approached another player engaging in a check while carrying the puck. That’s literally the first thing they teach you NOT to do unless you want to be drooling into your grape nuts every morning by the time you’re 35…

      I’m done for the night, ladies… I’ll leave it to all you playstation all-stars to dabble a ‘kerchief to your eye all night long over this. Bottom line: It’s hockey.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        That’s how it used to read, clarke16. They changed it in September.

        Rule 48.1 (Illegal Check to the Head) used to read as follows: “A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.” Personally, I found the “targeting” issue difficult to determine at times. NHL speed didn’t always make it easy, especially if there weren’t enough camera angles with a proper view.

        This is not considered an official rule change, which involves a lengthier process. Instead, the language was altered for greater clarity. Now Rule 48.1 declares an illegal check to the head as “a hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable.”

        You’re going to ask the obvious follow-up. How do you determine if the hit is avoidable? There are three circumstances to be considered:

        First, whether the player attempted to hit squarely through the opponent’s body and the head was not “picked” as a result of poor timing, poor angle of approach or unnecessary extension of the body upward or outward.

        Second, whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position by assuming a posture that made head contact on an otherwise full body check unavoidable.

        Third, whether the opponent materially changed the position of his body or head immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit in a way that significantly contributed to the head contact.

        The second bolded part explains Rupp had to hit squarely through the body to have it considered a legal hit where incidental head contact was allowed.

      • clarke16 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Interesting. Thank you, Elvis. I wasn’t aware of that modification and stand corrected. Based on that modification–I agree–you can’t help but conclude that Rupp’s hit was illegal…but I continue to agree with nico, tved and the other’s–it was a huge overreaction from many on this board considering the circumstances of the hit.

  16. hardkor07mn - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Clarke- your an idiot! That hit was total BS and you know it. I’m a huge Wild fan, but he had every opportunity in the world to crouch or stick his hip out. It was a total shot to the head. No question.
    Side Note- GO GOPHERS!!!!!

    • lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      crazy end to that game!


    • clarke16 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      *every opportunity in the world to CROUCH*? LOL! Follow another sport, son. Hockey isn’t for you.

  17. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    People! People! Let’s get a grip here.
    Not a clean hit, but nowhere near as bad as some of you are suggesting.
    When it was Wild players a few games back taking head shots against the kings, the common theme was “you gotta keep your head up”. Now it’s Oshie and nobody wants to call him out for not protecting himself. What gives?
    Not that I wish ill on Oshie. Not at all. But let’s all take a deep breath and be honest about what happened out there.

  18. muckleflugga - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM


    i’m left with the impression you play … you have the frankness about hockey players with experience in serious contact hockey tend to share …

    players know the speed at which hockey evolve … watchers tend to rely on ideas long regurgitated to the point of cliché

    nothing betrays inexperience in real-world hockey than those whose rejoinder is comprised of dismissal by terms like troll or tldr or simple name calling … ad hominem incarnate

    as a player you know much of what comes across as crushing contact does not actually hurt or cause harm if players have time to adjust and brace for coming contact …

    if hits are not product of stalking head-hunting play from goons lurking in the weeds or if hits do not involve bony protrusions or sticks, harm rarely occurs

    speed and spontaneous contact, bam bam plays correctly named, remove ability to brace for contact but do not necessarily imply fault unless evidence of time to deliver a calculated hit are evident based on real-time play

    for watchers, i recommend you step away from television which in and of itself cycling at 60 hertz slows the game down …

    shell-out large and remove yourself from slow-motion replays … get seats behind the goals in row one or at the blue line about row four … you’ll come to understand the breathtaking speed and force at play in professional hockey

    finally, for those offering commentary in counter to another’s commentary, do two things … read the blog so you understand what precipitated a comment or thread leading to further comment …

    and do not dismiss a comment as not having been read while using the dismissal as rejoinder

    both practices are specious

    • machosasquatcho - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      hey blomfeld

      writing like this

      is annoying

      and useless

      get a job, you fat scumbag

    • clarke16 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      You have good insight into the game, Mucky. It’s not just with hockey–but every facet of life is filled with sanctimonious soapbox critics pontificating on that which they might think they know–but really don’t…

      The average fan takes a look at that play and has no concept whatsoever what the unwritten rules are to the game that each/every player wholeheartedly accepts by stepping out onto the ice. For example–there isn’t a player in the league who wouldn’t have been licking their chops to deliver a check on a player with their head down like Oshie did–including Oshie himself. You try to go out of your way to avoid contact in that situation–especially like with Rupp, if your whole reason to be on the team is to deliver the physical game–and you quickly will start to get to know what the seat cushions feel like in the press box. There isn’t a player on the Blues team who doesn’t understand that. If that would have been a legit targeted headshot–there would have been a decided response from the Blues on the ice. NO WAY it doesn’t happen–especially given the likelihood of an upcoming playoff matchup. Unwritten rules. But–why didn’t it? They knew what the play was–an unfortunate hit. It happens–and every player on that ice knows if could easily have been them on either side of that play on any given night… That’s why I LOL at all these fans in their outrage. Understanding is the almighty barrier to ignorance. Oshie probably took and delivered 10-12 hits like that before he was 10-12 years old. He’ll be the first one to tell you that he should have kept his head up–but that never goes down that way on TV for all the XBox all-stars here doin’ the double triple on the blood pressure over what they think they see going down in real life… :)

  19. jimw81 - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    that hit is 5x worst than zac rinadlo hit.

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