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Nyquist, Tatar reach TSN's semis for play of the year

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 1:14 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Gustav Nyquist
Right Wing  - DET
Goals: 28 | Assists: 20 | Pts: 48
Shots: 153 | +/-: 16
It appears that Red Wings teammates Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar are headed on a collision course … of sorts.

The Red Wings’ young guns have reached the semifinals of TSN’s “Play of the Year Showdown” with fans casting more than 4.4 million votes through the first three rounds on the Internet.

But first, the pair will need help to reach the finals, which begins June 6.

Voting for the first of two semifinal rounds – featuring Tatar, St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie and San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl – is under way now at TSN.ca.

Making things a little more interesting, or perhaps more game show-eque, TSN added a small twist by allowing analysts Jamie McLennan and Jeff O’Neill to bring back their favorite play that lost in an earlier round.

O’Neill, who played 11 NHL seasons, picked Hertl, who was defeated by Nyquist in Round 2. McLennan’s pick for the second semifinal series, which begins Monday, has not been announced.

Nyquist, who defeated Chicago forward Patrick Kane, Hertl, and Calgary goalie Reto Berra in the first three rounds, now faces Ottawa’s Clark MacArthur and the TBA player.

Nyquist’s highlight goal came in late March as the Red Wings desperately tried to keep their playoff hopes alive. TSN best described his second-period goal this way: “With a man all over him, Gustav Nyquist breaks into the zone, shoots, grabs his own rebound, spins and then scores from a very tight angle.”

Tomas Tatar
Left Wing  - DET
Goals: 19 | Assists: 20 | Pts: 39
Shots: 158 | +/-: 12
The two Red Wings serpentined their way through the first three rounds of the tournament-style field of 32 featuring highlight-reel individual efforts from 31 different players during the 2013-14 season.

Among the earlier contestants were Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (at Boston, Oct. 14) and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (at New Jersey, Dec. 6). Both lost early matchups to Oshie and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, respectively.

Tatar’s goal was arguably the best end-to-end goal of the season. His athleticism and speed help him avoid a big hit in the Dallas zone before he shoveled a backhander over Stars goalie Keri Lehtonen on Jan. 4. The highlight has been a freight train in the tournament, breezing past Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, Ottawa captain Jason Spezza, and Fleury in the quarterfinals, where Tatar received more than 84 percent of the vote.

Voting in the first semifinal closes Monday at 12 p.m. EDT.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89