Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist to have in-person hearing for high sticking

  • Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist to have in-person hearing for high sticking

Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist to have in-person hearing for high sticking

Nyquist got up and jabbed his stick in the Wild forward's face, send him to the ice and receiving a double-minor for high-sticking.

Nyquist did practice, but he awaits a Wednesday phone hearing with the NHL's department of player safety to find out the punishment for spearing Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon in the face during the first period of Sunday's game.

The Red Wings' forward has no prior National Hockey League suspensions and has just 10 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.

"I haven't been in this situation before", Nyquist said. "Obviously had no intention of doing that, so my stick gets caught and it looks bad but I'm happy he's OK", Nyquist told reporters after the game.

In the video, Nyquist is battling for the puck with Chris Stewart along the boards as Spurgeon gives him a shove from behind he down and into the boards. Except, one of the games Keith missed came in the playoffs, so Nyquist may face something more severe.

Nyquist said he waived his right for an in-person hearing based on guidance from his agent and general manager Ken Holland. "I saw the optics on it, but there is no chance it was an intentional play by him". Spurgeon exited briefly to receive four stitches and returned to play the rest of the game. "I just play the game". Players give similar shoves from behind pretty often using their hands, and while you can debate whether or not that kind of play should be a penalty, it now goes uncalled.

"I don't look at it as an opportunity, I look at it to produce more and get points for the whole team". I'm trying to get body position on him and I'm happy he was out there again.

Nyquist has never been suspended and doesn't have a reputation as a dirty player.

"They didn't see it from the same angle I did", Boudreau said of the game officials. He has scored seven goals and totaled 29 points this season. "We have a hearing tomorrow, a conference with everyone involved in the process and we'll take it from there". "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".