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PITTSBURGH - FEBRUARY 1: Forward Michael Rupp #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against defenseman Steve Montador #4 of the Buffalo Sabres on February 1, 2010 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Rupp was seated in the New York Rangers' dressing room, located a few steps from the visitor's dugout in Citizens Bank Park. The black, beat-up dress hat that's given to an honored player after each Rangers victory rested on his head like an ill-fitting crown. "It needs a chin strap," he said. The media swarmed him, after his two goals rallied the Rangers in their 3-2 Winter Classic victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. A temporary member of that swarm: Teammate Artem Anisimov, whom Rupp treated like a credentialed member of the press for a moment. "What's your question?" "Why Hank give you hat?" asked Anisimov. "He just wanted to see how dumb I look, because it doesn't fit." "You look great." Rupp smiled. "Good question." This was Rupp's second Winter Classic, having played 5:29 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 — long enough to have a fight with John Erskine but having little impact otherwise. In 2012, Rupp played just 7:34, but had a dramatic impact on ...
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