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Video- Major Stick Swinging Incidents

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On the heels of Gustav Nyquist's high-stick check out some of the most brutal lumber swinging the NHL has ever seen.


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In looking at some of the other worst incidents, Nyqvist’s ranks right up there with some of them. I would not be surprised if it’s 10 or more.

Posted by NewfieWing on 02/15/17 at 02:38 PM ET


He should. Maybe that’s how he is padding his resume to be signed by the flyers!

Posted by SlimChance on 02/15/17 at 02:44 PM ET


Ok im not defending nyquist at all and he definitely deserves 5-7 games for careless use of a stick but anyone who watches hockey and has two eyes and a brain can see that this was not intentional. Nyquist is just not that kind of player. You can see his stick hit the glass and that caused it to go up into spurgeons face and if you pay attention to his body language he starts to lean into with his shoulder after the stick hit.

So to have this lumped in with those other intentionally dirty plays is BS, in my opinion.

Posted by Dump and Change on 02/15/17 at 02:51 PM ET

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anyone who watches hockey and has two eyes and a brain can see that this was not intentional.

Completely disagree.he looked at him right as he did it.

I don’t think he’s dirty by any means but we’ve all had moments where we do something uncharacteristic and stupid.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/15/17 at 03:57 PM ET


@ Trekronor

Nyquist goes to apologize to him almost immediately following it. “Sure was intentional….”

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/15/17 at 04:20 PM ET

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It was definitely intentional.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/15/17 at 05:07 PM ET

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I do have problems putting this in the “worst incidents ever” category.

Nyquist definitely deserved the 6 he got, and maybe would have 8 instead.  Or even 10.  Couldn’t have argued much against any of it.  Had Vermette not done what he dd, I actually could have seen 10.  But the league had to discourage Vermette’s more, in a way.  And in a way, Vermette’s was far dumber.

But I was talking about this earlier on another forum, about the hyperbole surrounding this stuff now.  And I don’t know how you can watch what Dale Hunter did to Pierre Turgeon and ever, ever put Nyquist in the same category as that.  There was premeditation along with the intent, and the play was dead.  You charge across the ice to cross-check a guy in the face that has just scored…. I mean…

And yes, I consider cross-checks stickwork.  It’s using your stick as a weapon.

You can argue “heat of the moment” with McSorely, Chris Simon (his was stomping I guess, skate as a weapon), Ryan Hollweg, Bertuzzi…. most of the ugliest incidents you can come up with in recent memory.  There’s a split-second bad decision made.  Even Wideman’s check of the official has some haze surrounding it given he may have had a scrambled head/brain and not even realized it was an official.  But Hunter…. Dale Hunter chased Turgeon down while the play was dead though, he had the time to reconsider, did it anyhow, and man…. he probably should have never played in the NHL again, ever.

So, some perspective I guess.

Posted by Primis on 02/15/17 at 07:31 PM ET

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