How dare the uncouth youngsters of Minnesota have the temerity to applaud the expulsion of the Canucks’ Rick Rypien? I think we’re all aware of the expression “fighting words”, but in this instance, Rypien’s antagonist was clearly guilty of “fighting-sarcastic-clapping”, thus adding the Canucks F to a storied list of athletes unafraid to stick up for themselves that includes Vernon Maxwell, Eric Cantona and Mike Milbury.