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Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:17 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:11 pm
By: Adam Gretz

PHILADELPHIA -- Jaromir Jagr played just seven minutes during the Flyers' 3-2 loss to New York in the Winter Classic on Monday evening, leaving the game with a left leg injury.

He was seen leaving the ice late in the first period to head to the locker room with what was originally described as an equipment issue. But when he left the game for good after just two shifts in the second period it was obvious that it was something related to an injury.

When asked after the game if it was an old injury Jagr simply said, "I got speared last game and there was swelling in that muscle. Maybe because it was too cold and we couldn't heat it."
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He would only say that the injury was to his left leg and would not specify where, exactly, the injury was bothering him. He also said that he knew immediately after his second shift in the second period that he wouldn't be able to return to the game, and even though he never took another shift, he remained on the bench the remainder of the game and even hinted that he might have had an opportunity to play in the third period if the Flyers would have had a two-man advantage.

"I like my teammates and wanted to part of that," said Jagr of his decision to return to the bench. "I knew it wasn't going to get any worse if I sit on the bench, and I want to be part of that. I'm part of the team and to sit here I would watch it on TV anyway. That way I was close, and you never know, maybe there would be a power play or a 5-on-3 and coach would put me back in there."

Jagr said he didn't think the injury was serious and that he "should be back soon."

Even though he never returned to the game, or factored into the goal scoring during his limited time on the ice, his presence was still felt in some small way as Rangers forward Mike Rupp celebrated the first of his two goals by saluting the crowd at Citizens Bank Park, a celebration that Jagr has been doing after every goal he scores throughout his NHL career (including in his first return to Pittsburgh as a member of the Flyers last week).

"I don't really pay attention to that stuff," said Jagr when asked about his reaction to Rupp's celebration. "He decided to do it, and he scored, and it was a good goal, too.

He then paused for a moment and smiled, "We still got to play them three more times and I think I'm going to score and salute him back."

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:29 pm

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

I think the refs had an off game, twice I said out loud, not sure I agree with that call, but I'll take it and I also questioned a missed call for the Rangers, but refs have bad games too, don't think they were trying to "prolong" the game like others believe.  If they wanted to ensure OT, they would have told Laviolette to put someone other than Briere out for the penalty shot.  Game was entertaining and fun to watch.  Flyers need to learn to win the games they are leading if they are ever going to raise a cup again.  They let a lot of games slip thru their fingers b/c they cannot hold a lead. 

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:06 pm

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Hey Art Core how has life as a Cleveland fan been?, 1964 sound familiar, it's going on 50 years now with out a championship...Happy New Year...

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:50 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

A loser Penguins fan talking about how the refs were "helping" the Flyers. Now, that's a good one. No team has benefited more from cheap, made-up calls the last 5 years than the Penguins. I guess it helps when the biggest whiner in NHL history owns your team. Lemieux was the biggest 6'6, 235 wimp to ever lace up the skates. It only makes sense that his live-in lover Crosby turned into a Mary too. They are both pieces of trash just like the hell-hole of a city, Pittsburgh is. Yennns ar all inbreeds.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:08 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

JDog, Do you know the meaning of the word antagonistic? It certainly pissed you off. If maybe the Flyers got tha tpissed they would have scored again, oh but I forgot the King was on the throne. Also I believe we will be going for the sweep the next time we play and I love being this lously. Can't wait to get better!!

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:51 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Which team are you talking about, the Eagles or the Jets?

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:44 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

I agreed with the penalty shot but the refs were consistently bad. I am not a Ranger fan but it certainly seemed like the NHL, NBC and the refs were looking to extend that game. I love the Winter Classic. I would love to see it played a little later in the year and switch this game with the all star game. The later date would allow for more teams to be involved. I dont want to see the Penguins or Flyers again. How about Montreal, Toronto or any of those candien teams. Or how about a western conference matchup in Colorado? Open it up to perhaps a weekend with two games.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:42 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Once again, the Philly fans show their class...Funny that a town thats had one winner in 25 years can call anyone a loser!!! As usual ALL TALK Philly cant back it up with results!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:58 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Your right an overrated QB and an over weight coach.the whole team is a joke.Tongue out

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:52 am

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

Yeah I have to admit during the closing mins it sure seemed like ref's were doing everything they could to get that game to overtime.  I'm normaly one to jump all over players if it looks like they took a dive.  That embellishment call sure seemed week to me though.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:45 pm

Jagr talks injury, Rupp salute

The New York Rangers beat the flyers and the referees today.  The delay of game penalty on McDonagh was a joke.  JVR should have been called for interference but since the flyers were down a goal, at home, and it's the Winter Classic, they got the homer call.  The penalty shot was bull also.  The hooking non-call on Timmonen in the last few minutes of the game was "missed" by the refs but not by the NBC announcers.  The refs did their best but the flyers just couldn't solve Lundquist late in the game.

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