Wild's Jared Spurgeon OK after risky spear against Red Wings

  • Wild's Jared Spurgeon OK after risky spear against Red Wings

Wild's Jared Spurgeon OK after risky spear against Red Wings

Towards the end of the first period, Gustav Nyquist was cross-checked from behind by Jared Spurgeon and chose to respond by spearing Spurgeon in the face with his stick.

On Monday, Nyquist waived his right to have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety, prompting a phone interview instead. An invitation to appear in person generally translates into at least a six-game suspension, but punishments sometime baffles - Boston's Brad Marchand, who has been suspended multiple times, recently slew-footed Niklas Kronwall and essentially got a slap on the wrist in the form of a $10,000 fine.

In what looked to be an act of retaliation following a scramble for the puck, Nyquist nailed Spurgeon in the face with his blade and was promptly called for a double minor.

Spurgeon returned to the game.

Spurgeon got a few stiches and went back on the ice in a few minutes.

He will more than likely always have a scar to remember Sunday's win over the Detroit Red Wings.

"It was completely accidental", he said.

But this one came in a controlled hockey play with Nyquist staring directly at Spurgeon. "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. My stick gets caught.

"I don't look at it as an opportunity, I look at it to produce more and get points for the whole team". I hope people don't think that's the kind of player that I am.

Said Spurgeon according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I haven't really seen a replay or anything". "It's a different situation to be in and I'm just glad he's OK". Again, this isn't the player that I am.

Nyquist has never been suspended and doesn't have a reputation as a dirty player. He has scored seven goals and totaled 29 points this season.

It's a odd sequence given that Swedish-born Nyquist is not known for dirty, or even physical, play. The play was so quickly after the cross check, that even if a delayed penalty was going to be called, the delayed part of it wouldnt likely have mattered. "I'm sure we'll talk about it more after tomorrow".