Rypien and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz, who fought in the opening period, were about to square off in the second when the linesmen separated them in front of the Wild bench.
As Rypien, who was assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, made his way down the tunnel to the dressing room, he grabbed 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.
Rypien was in the penalty box to start the third period and did not get any ice time the rest of the game.
During the 2009 playoffs, the league suspended Rangers coach John Tortorella for one game for squirting a fan with water and throwing a water bottle into the stands and striking a spectator in Washington during a first-round series against the Capitals.
Flyers: Defenseman Matt Walker will have hip surgery today and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. The Flyers acquired him from the Lightning in July as part of a trade involving wing Simon Gagne. Walker hasn't played in the regular season.
Islanders: Wing Josh Bailey, tied for the team lead in points (six), likely won't play Thursday against the Lightning because of a hip flexor strain.
Penguins: Center Jordan Staal, a finalist for last season's Selke Trophy for best defensive forward, practiced for the first time since May. He is recovering from recurring infections in his right foot that developed after a tendon was severed during a second-round playoff game against the Canadiens.
Thrashers: Goalie Ondrej Pavelec practiced for the first time since collapsing barely two minutes into the team's Oct. 8 opener and said he felt good. Pavelec, 23, lost consciousness and suffered a concussion when he fell and hit his head on the ice. Tests were negative. Doctors said he fainted.
First Period—1, Vancouver, D.Sedin 5 (H.Sedin, Edler), :58. 2, Minn., Zidlicky 1 (Cullen, Miettinen), 6:04 (pp). 3, Minn., Latendresse 2 (Falk, Havlat), 7:20. 4, Minn., Clutterbuck 2 (Latendresse, Havlat), 18:10 (pp). Penalties—Clutterbuck, Min (interference), 2:05; Ehrhoff, Van (slashing), 5:29; Zanon, Min (interference), 7:48; Rypien, Van, major (fighting), 10:52; Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 10:52; Samuelsson, Van (cross-checking), 16:30.
Second Period—5, Minn., Madden 1 (Burns, Schultz), 7:54. 6, Minn., Brunette 2 (Zidlicky, Miettinen), 12:21. 7, Minn., Cullen 3 (Koivu, Zidlicky), 13:46 (pp). Penalties—Nystrom, Min (delay of game), 8:51; Rypien, Van, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 13:38; Staubitz, Min (roughing), 13:38; Cullen, Min (hooking), 15:06.
Third Period—8, Vancouver, D.Sedin 6 (H.Sedin, Samuelsson), 18:31 (pp). Penalties—Cullen, Min (hooking), 2:04; Schultz, Min (high-sticking), 18:10. Shots on Goal—Vancouver 7-11-9—27. Minn. 11-7-6—24. Power-play opportunities—Vancouver 1 of 6; Minn. 3 of 3. Goalies—Vancouver, Luongo 1-3-1 (18 shots-12 saves), C.Schneider (0:00 third, 6-6). Minn., Backstrom 2-2-1 (27-25). A—16,806 (18,064).
First Period—1, Boston, Krejci 1 (Horton, Lucic), 9:12. 2, Boston, Lucic 3 (Boychuk, Krejci), 11:57. Penalties—Campbell, Bos, major (fighting), 3:15; Hendricks, Was, major (fighting), 3:15; Semin, Was (tripping), 14:53.
Second Period—3, Wash., Johansson 1 (Chimera, Hendricks), 7:42. Penalties—Campbell, Bos (tripping), 3:31; Stuart, Bos (tripping), 5:07; Fleischmann, Was (hooking), 8:59; Erskine, Was (delay of game), 10:06; Steckel, Was (tripping), 15:03; Chara, Bos (slashing), 18:27.
Third Period—4, Boston, Hunwick 1 (Seidenberg, Wheeler), 2:08. Penalties—Lucic, Bos, major (fighting), 9:23; Erskine, Was, major (fighting), 9:23; Campbell, Bos, double minor (high-sticking), 18:40. Shots on Goal—Boston 8-8-5—21. Wash. 10-8-18—36. Power-play opportunities—Boston 0 of 4; Wash. 0 of 4. Goalies—Boston, Thomas 3-0-0 (36 shots-35 saves). Wash., Neuvirth 4-2-0 (7-5), Varlamov (12:42 first, 14-13). A—18,398 (18,398).
First Period—None. Penalties—Hagman, Cal (high-sticking), 3:52.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Jackman, Cal (tripping), 2:51; Sullivan, Nas (hooking), 7:10; Bouwmeester, Cal (interference), 12:30; Nashville bench, served by Dumont (too many men), 14:23; White, Cal (tripping), 16:37.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Glencross, Cal (goaltender interference), 14:12.
Overtime—1, Calgary, R.Bourque 1 (Morrison, White), 2:10. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Calgary 12-6-14-3—35. Nashville 12-12-10-0—34. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 2; Nashville 0 of 5. Goalies—Calgary, Kiprusoff 3-2-0 (34 shots-34 saves). Nashville, Rinne 1-0-1 (35-34). A—15,684 (17,113).