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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Gustav Nyquist prepares for hearing with NHL Player Safety

Gustav Nyquist prepares for hearing with NHL Player Safety

Nyquist was assessed a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking as the blow drew blood from Spurgeon's left cheek.

Towards the end of the first period, Gustav Nyquist was cross-checked from behind by Jared Spurgeon and made a decision to respond by spearing Spurgeon in the face with his stick. Sadly the refs missed it and gave him a simple two minute minor.

On Sunday night, it was revealed that Nyquist has been invited by the league to an in-person hearing about the incident.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon after getting high sticked by Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist during the regular season game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild on February 12, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"I haven't been in this situation before", Nyquist said.

When asked whether he thought the Nyquist high stick deserved a similar sanction, Coyle responded, "I have no clue".

One of the dirtiest plays in the National Hockey League season came from an unlikely source on Sunday.

Nyquist said he waived his right for an in-person hearing based on guidance from his agent and general manager Ken Holland. "In no way was that an intentional act by him. I'm happy he was out there playing the rest of the game". Nyquist never got up looking around for the referee to see if a delayed penalty was going to be calles. But the optics look bad.

"I haven't really seen a replay or anything", Spurgeon said. I'm happy he was out there again. He has scored seven goals and totaled 29 points this season. "Obviously he's not a player that is going to, I want to say do it on goal except anybody watching the game, ... it's a five-minute penalty regardless", Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. I'm sure he'll be sitting a few games.

Staal also wasn't ready to try his luck as a member of the NHL Department of Player Safety, though he's sure Nyquist will be punished. "He's got the ability to do that, he's been a big piece of our offensive success this year, so if he can play it makes you better". At the same time, if there is a deal to be made it's got to be right on both sides.

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