A suspension was warranted regardless of his intentions, the league said, because he was attempting to use his stick in a retaliatory fashion and he is “completely responsible” for using his stick to deliver a dangerous blow that could have resulted in a severe injury.Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34 in salary. “They didn’t think it was that bad. I said, ‘Well watch the replay. You’ll see it deserved more than a double minor.“’ Nyquist said the play wasn’t intentional, but the NHL’s Department of Player Safety disagreed.“This is not an accidental or inadvertent high-stick delivered by a player who is swatting at a puck in mid-air or who simply fails to control his stick in traffic,” the league said in a video explaining the suspension. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Nyquist got a double-minor, which irked Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.“They didn’t see it from the same angle I did,” Boudreau said of the game officials. Spurgeon missed a few shifts while getting stitches in his cheek but returned before the end of the period. “Rather, as Nyquist stated in a hearing regarding this incident, he acts in retaliation for being cross-checked from behind.”According to the league, Nyquist didn’t intend to high-stick Spurgeon but wanted to respond with a cross-check of his own. Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended for six games for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon during a game last weekend.The incident occurred at 14:13 of the first period in Sunday’s game between the clubs, a 6-3 Wild win.Spurgeon had cross-checked Nyquist to the ice from behind near the side boards, and Nyquist came up swinging, using the blade of his stick to spear Spurgeon just below his left eye.