"You're irrelevant out here."
Rupp was apparently suggesting that since Shelley had no effect on the outcome of the hockey game, Rupp had no reason to fight him.
This is strange; at the time, both Rupp and Shelley were tied with one point this NHL season.
Maybe Rupp decided that Shelley was "irrelevant" because Shelley won that fight. Maybe it's because Rupp knew he would triple his season points total in the 2012 Winter Classic.
Rupp scored two goals in the January 2nd outdoor hockey game between the two clubs, helping the Rangers beat the Flyers by a score of 3-2.
Rupp's two-goal night adds up to a whopping career total of 52.
The salute has long been the celebration of Philadelphia Flyers' forward Jaromir Jagr, a five-time NHL points leader.
By no surprise, Rupp's celebration was viewed as disrespectful by at least one Philadelphia player; Scott Hartnell approached Rupp later, telling him to have some respect for a future hall-of-famer.
Ian Laperierre said, "Before you can salute like that, you better score more then 51 career goal[s]."
To be accurate, Rupp should total at least 1,500 more points if he's going to be taunting the man who is 9th on the NHL's list of all-time leading point scorers.
Jason Sapunka is a B/R Featured Columnist. He is available on Twitter.
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