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Six-game ban for Canuck fan-grabber

Canucks forward Rick Rypien was suspended for six games Friday for grabbing a fan during a loss to the Wild, and the Canucks also were fined $25,000, as required by league policy.

"There simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature," commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Rypien, who had a hearing in New York, is eligible to return Nov. 6 against Detroit. He won't be paid during the suspension.

"We understand and respect the league's decision," Canucks president Mike Gillis said. "We will continue to support (Rypien) and all of his teammates to ensure incidents like this do not happen in the future."

The last time a player was suspended for more than four games for physical contact with a spectator was March 1982. Canucks defenseman Doug Halward got seven games for an altercation.

Rypien, a cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, was headed down the tunnel to the locker room in the second period Tuesday after being assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct when he reached up and grabbed James Engquist, 28, of Mendota Heights, Minn., who was applauding at the railing and who has said he shouted at Rypien, "Way to be professional."

Teammate Manny Malhotra pulled Rypien away. Engquist was removed from the area.

Engquist told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the penalty was lenient — "In normal society, minimally, you'd be fired from the NHL" — and Bettman called him to apologize and offered to treat him to dinner and a game.

Game Highlights: Rene Bourque had three goals and an assist for the Flames in a 6-2 win over the host Blue Jackets. … Daniel Alfredsson had his eighth career hat trick and reached 1,000 points in the Senators' 4-2 victory over the host Sabres.

Flames 3 1 2 6
at Blue Jackets 1 0 1 2
Flames 3 1 2 6
at Blue Jackets 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Calgary, Hagman 3 (Bourque, Jokinen), 8:13. 2, Calgary, White 1 (Stajan, Iginla), 14:50. 3, Columbus, Dorsett 2 (Klesla, Methot), 16:27. 4, Calgary, Bourque 2 (Jokinen, Bouwmeester), 19:31. PenaltiesColumbus bench, served by Voracek (too many men), 1:42; Wilson, Clm (tripping), 6:13; Wilson, Clm (tripping), 12:42; Iginla, Cal, major (fighting), 16:53; Dorsett, Clm, major (fighting), 16:53; Bourque, Cal (roughing), 17:15.

Second Period5, Calgary, Bourque 3 (Backlund, Regehr), 5:08 (sh). PenaltiesNash, Clm (high-sticking), :41; White, Cal (interference), 3:23; Voracek, Clm (hooking), 11:40.

Third Period6, Columbus, Hejda 1 (Clark, MacKenzie), 10:07. 7, Calgary, Tanguay 3 (Iginla, Regehr), 11:43. 8, Calgary, Bourque 4 (Iginla, Stajan), 19:54. PenaltiesGiordano, Cal (hooking), 7:31; Guenin, Clm (delay of game), 14:06; Bourque, Cal (tripping), 14:59. Shots on GoalCalgary 10-5-8—23. Columbus 4-7-11—22. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 0 of 6; Columbus 0 of 4. GoaliesCalgary, Karlsson 1-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Columbus, Mason 2-3-0 (23-17). A10,784 (18,144).

Senators 1 2 1 4
at Sabres 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Ottawa, Alfredsson 2 (Karlsson, Gonchar), 11:54 (pp). 2, Buffalo, Connolly 2 (Sekera), 13:58. PenaltiesMyers, Buf (cross-checking), 10:46; Gaustad, Buf (holding), 17:27.

Second Period3, Ottawa, Shannon 2 (Foligno), 3:27. 4, Buffalo, Connolly 3 (Hecht, C.Butler), 4:45. 5, Ottawa, Alfredsson 3 (Karlsson), 10:44. PenaltiesRuutu, Ott (diving), 6:36; Vanek, Buf (boarding), 6:36; Roy, Buf (hooking), 14:46.

Third Period6, Ottawa, Alfredsson 4 (Fisher, Gonchar), 19:38 (en-pp). PenaltiesKovalev, Ott (holding), 2:49; Montador, Buf (interference), 18:49. Shots on GoalOttawa 13-14-5—32. Buffalo 4-12-20—36. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 2 of 4; Buffalo 0 of 1. GoaliesOttawa, Elliott 2-2-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Buffalo, Miller 2-4-1 (31-28). A18,009 (18,690).

at Blues 1 1 2 4
Blackhawks 1 1 0 2

First Period1, St. Louis, Perron 3 (Oshie), 6:31. 2, Chicago, Sharp 7 (Keith, Toews), 10:26 (pp). PenaltiesDowell, Chi, major (fighting), 2:58; Crombeen, StL, major (fighting), 2:58; McClement, StL (slashing), 10:13.

Second Period3, St. Louis, Perron 4 (Oshie, Colaiacovo), 6:12. 4, Chicago, Seabrook 2 (Brouwer, Bickell), 9:35. PenaltiesSkille, Chi (tripping), 4:01; Johnson, StL (interference), 7:35; Scott, Chi, major (fighting), 13:41; Winchester, StL, major (fighting), 13:41.

Third Period5, St. Louis, Polak 1, 11:01. 6, St. Louis, Berglund 3 (McDonald, Johnson), 18:57 (pp). PenaltiesKopecky, Chi (slashing), 11:20; Polak, StL, double minor (roughing), 11:20; Seabrook, Chi (delay of game), 18:07; Hossa, Chi (tripping), 19:45. Shots on GoalChicago 8-9-8—25. St. Louis 12-7-9—28. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 3; St. Louis 1 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Turco 4-2-1 (28 shots-24 saves). St. Louis, Halak 3-1-1 (25-23). A19,150 (19,150).

Six-game ban for Canuck fan-grabber 10/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:24am]

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