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The Buzzer: Red Wings eliminated before trade deadline; Spurgeon’s surge

Three Stars 1. Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild Spurgeon also collected a hat trick on Friday. It was the first hat trick of his career, making him the second Wild defenseman to pull off such a feat after Ryan Suter. Spurgeon enjoyed a tremendous all-around performance, managing six shots on goal, a +3 rating, three blocked shots, and one hit in 21:55 TOI. Spurgeon reached the 10-goal mark in just 53 games. He’s hit double digits in goals during four of his last three seasons, and could top his 2018-19 career-high of 14. He also generated nine goals in 2014-15 and 2017-18. In other words, it’s almost OK to write “Spurgeon, hands of a surgeon” in headlines. Almost. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins provided quite an effort for the Oilers in th ...
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