NHL Winter Classic 2012: Michael Rupp's Salute and 3 Worst Celebration Rip-Offs

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: Michael Rupp's Salute and 3 Worst Celebration Rip-Offs
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The NHL Winter Classic was full of surprises.

Michael Rupp certainly had to be one of them.

Rupp missed 22 games with a knee injury that he sustained in October against the Winnipeg Jets.

The 6'5", 243-pound forward also had four fights to just one goal this season.

But Rupp stepped up in a big way for the New York Rangers, notching two goals.

His first goal came just 30 seconds after the Flyers opened the scoring with two quick second period goals just one minute and 55 seconds apart.

But Rupp should stick to fighting or scoring goals, not trying to show off and mock one of the game's great players in Jaromir Jagr.

His "Mile High Salute" after his first goal may have drawn some laughs, but it also drew the ire of many Flyers including Scott Hartnell.

Rupp's Mile High Salute draws him a spot on my list of four worst goal celebration rip-offs ever.

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