What looked like a promising start for the Vancouver Canucks less than a minute into the game thanks to Daniel Sedins goal turned ugly fast as they went on to give up the next 6, and lost 6-2. What was worse than the score wasn't only the porous defence, a really bad game in goal by Luongo, and no finish by the forwards, but an altercation with a fan by Canucks centre and enforcer Rick Rypien.
Rypien was being led off the ice after a 2nd fight (2nd wasn't really a fight, more of a scrum where Rypien threw a punch after being held back by linesmen) and while leaving the ice, lunged and pushed a fan who was at the railing of the dressing room tunnel. No one is yet sure why he did it, but teammate Manny Malhotra is quoted as saying "I just think the fan got a little bit too involved," Malhotra said. "There's just no place for that in our game. "There's boundaries that should never be crossed. We're in our area of work. We are all for the hootin' and hollerin' and supporting your team and saying whatever is tasteful out there. But as soon as you cross that line and want to become physical with a player, we have to make sure we take care of ourselves and we're protected."
I can't see where the fan did anything at all to provoke the attack. He was leaning a little bit and applauding (no doubt with tongue in cheek), probably jawing something, but this should never happen.
League will most likely rule today on if there will be a suspension and how long/how much that will be.