Detroit's Gustav Nyquist stabs opponent in the face with his stick

Following his unsafe high-stick to the face of Minnesota Wild forward Jared Spurgeon, Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Nyquist appeared agitated by Spurgeon's attempt to cross-check him in the back along the boards and retaliated by shoving his stick blade in Spurgeon's face.

Spurgeon was okay, if shaken up. Nyquist got a double-minor, which irked Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.

Wild players and coach Bruce Boudreau were outraged by the penalty, judging it too light for such a unsafe play. It's unclear how exactly the NHL's Department of Player Safety will react to this play but it seems it would merit some discipline.

The high-sticking serves as the epitome of a frustrating season for the Red Wings, who are on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time in over a quarter century.

Spurgeon missed a few shifts while getting stitches in his cheek but returned before the end of the period. I said, 'Well watch the replay.

  • Julie Sanders