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Jody Shelley Makes Michael Rupp Irrelevant in Flyers Game Against Rangers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Jody Shelley #45 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during practice for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIApril 4, 2012

Maybe this is why Michael Rupp did not want to fight Jody Shelley earlier this season.

Late in the first period of Tuesday night's game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, Shelley and Rupp squared off.

Shelley was probably fighting in an attempt to get his team going; the Flyers were down 2-0 at the time of the bout.

When the two came together, they exchanged a few left-handed jabs before Shelley tried landing two rights. Rupp could not reach with two rights of his own.

This left an opening for Shelley, who came back with a hard right of his own, landing hard on the side of Rupp's head. Rupp held onto Shelley as the Flyers' enforcer threw five unanswered punches.

Rupp appeared dazed by the big right, as he looked away and was far less aggressive in the fight. After a short pause, Shelley landed another right that caused Rupp to fall to the ice.

Shelley undoubtedly harmed Rupp and won the fight in a decisive manner. Rupp did not return to the game after the fight.

The two players have a history with each other, most notably because of a comment by Rupp that was captured by on-ice microphones for HBO's 24/7 television series.

Shelley asked Rupp if he was looking for a fight. Rupp responded by saying, "You're (expletive) irrelevant out here. If you had any outcome on the game I'd (expletive) go with you. You don't."

At the time of the comment, both Shelley and Rupp had scored one total point in the season.

Additionally, Rupp fought Shelley as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Shelley landed more than Rupp in that fight too, bloodying him and winning according to both and voters.

In their only two fights, Shelley beat Rupp decisively both times. It is easy to understand why Rupp would rather just talk with him.


Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers.

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