Vancouver Canucks defeat Minnesota Wild, 5-1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Vancouver enforcer Rick Rypien was suspended six games Friday for grabbing a fan during the Canucks' loss to Minnesota this week.

Rypien was headed to the locker room Tuesday night after being assessed a double minor for roughing and 10-minute misconduct when he reached up and grabbed James Engquist, a fan applauding at the railing. Rypien was pulled away by teammate Manny Malhotra, and Engquist and his brother, Peter, were removed from the...

VANCOUVER — During TV timeouts, in order to keep the puck sliding, the NHL sends out crews to clean the ice.

Friday night at Rogers Arena, the snow seemed to pile only in the Wild end. During a few stoppages, there was enough snow shoveled in front of Jose Theodore to build a roster of snowmen.

That's how much time the Vancouver Canucks spent in the Minnesota end during a dominant 5-1 victory.

Theodore, who had to wait until October to find a job, may not have ans...

VANCOUVER - Soon after Gary Bettman slapped Rick Rypien with a six-game suspension Friday, the NHL commissioner called the Wild fan who the Vancouver Canucks agitator accosted and offered him dinner and some tickets.

"He said, 'Sorry about the events, and players should never, ever put their hands on a fan,' " said James Engquist, appreciative of Bettman's gesture. "I thought that was very nice of him. I mean, what do you say at that point? You're talking to the commiss...

VANCOUVER - Clayton Stoner's buddies bought tickets to Friday night's Wild-Canucks game weeks ago, but the Wild defenseman started to feel a bit guilty.

"That's a lot of money," said Stoner, who as of recently thought his friends' money was poorly spent since it looked like he'd be a scratch against his hometown Canucks.

But Thursday night, defenseman Cam Barker pulled his groin, thus thrusting Stoner, who hails from Vancouver Island, into action for his first career...