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Nyquist earns NHL's Second Star

Red Wings' young forward collected six points in four-game week

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 2:02 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Gustav Nyquist
Right Wing  - DET
Goals: 9 | Assists: 8 | Pts: 17
Shots: 62 | +/-: 4
DETROIT Gustav Nyquist scored a goal in each of the Red Wings four games last week, earning the young forward recognition as the NHL’s Second Star of the week.

Nyquist produced four goals and two assists with a plus-3 rating to help the Red Wings pick up five out of a possible eight points and move the club into the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Nyquist is on a five-game point streak, registering four goals and seven points. Previously to his current streak, the 24-year-old Swede was held to one goal in 17 games.

But lately, Nyquist has played fast and with a lot of skill on the team’s top line with center Henrik Zetterberg and forward Justin Abdelkader. Though Zetterberg was a late scratch Sunday, Nyquist didn’t miss a beat against the Panthers.

“He’s been playing with more energy,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Nyquist scored the Wings’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues last Monday. He followed that up with back to back two-point performances, collecting a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout victory over Chicago on Wednesday, and a 4-1 win over Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Nyquist finished the week by scoring his ninth goal of the season in a 5-4 shootout loss to Florida on Sunday.

Nyquist, who has played parts of three seasons with the Red Wings, has produced career-highs for goals (9), assists (8), game-winning goals (2) and points (17) in 27 games this season.

Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen was named First Star, and Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera earned Third Star recognition.

Nyquist is the first Red Wings’ player to score in four consecutive games since Pavel Datsyuk scored in five straight games last season. Steve Yzerman holds the franchise goal-streak record having scored in nine straight games in the 1991-92 season.

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STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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