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VIDEO: Gustav Nyquist guilty of a vicious high-sticking penalty

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones offer their opinion on Gustav Nyquist's penalty on Jared Spurgeon and assess how the league may handle it.

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist might be hearing from the NHL this week.

In the first period of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Nyquist was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking Jared Spurgeon in a vicious and completely reckless manner.

It all happened during a puck battle along the boards when Spurgeon gave Nyquist a cross-check to the back, knocking him to the ice. In response, Nyquist stood up and hit Spurgeon in the face with the blade of his stick in a completely reckless and dangerous manner.

You can see it in the video above.

High-sticking is something the NHL’s department of player safety has suspended for in the past. It issued two last season, a one-game ban for Drew Stafford and a six-game suspension (five regular season games plus a playoff game) to Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. While Nyquist does not have the high-sticking history that Keith had prior to his suspension (he had been suspended for it before) it is still a pretty vicious play and perhaps even worse.

It was also clearly a retaliatory act.