ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Vancouver Canucks center Rick Rypien pushed a fan in the game against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Rypien and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz, who fought in the opening period, were about to square off in the second period before being separated by the linesmen in front of the Wild bench.
As Rypien, who was assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, was pulled by linesman Don Henderson toward the Vancouver bench, he appeared to push the official.
On his way down the tunnel to the dressing room, Rypien pushed a Wild fan who was applauding at the railing. Rypien was quickly pulled away by teammate Manny Malhotra. The fan was removed from the area.
Minnesota, which led 5-1 at the time, scored another power-play goal 8 seconds later. Rypien was in the penalty box to start the third period.