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Nyquist's goal streak ends vs. Montreal

The forward extended his point streak to seven games with an assist in Detroit's loss

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:47 PM ET / News
By Andrea Nelson  - Editorial Assistant | DetroitRedWings.com
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Nyquist\'s goal streak ends vs. Montreal

Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Right Wing  - DET
Goals: 25 | Assists: 18 | Pts: 43 
Shots: 132 | +/-: 13
DETROIT - While one of Gustav Nyquist’s streaks came to an end Thursday night, another continued right along without skipping a beat.

Nyquist, who was riding a six-game goal streak heading into the Eastern Conference matchup against Montreal, failed to extend that streak in Detroit’s 5-4 loss. But the forward earned the primary assist on Johan Franzen’s tally that pulled the Red Wings within one goal of the Canadiens midway through the third period, which increased the 24-year-old’s point streak to seven straight games, the longest of his NHL career.

The Halmsted, Sweden native had a golden opportunity to net his 10th goal in seven games with 2:43 remaining in the second period, but defenseman P.K. Subban buried the scoring opportunity to keep Nyquist off the scoreboard for the first time since March 14.

Nyquist’s goal streak was the longest stretch of scoring by a Wings player since Daniel Cleary netted a goal in six straight games from Nov. 5 to Nov. 17, 2010, and just one game shy of tying Brett Hull’s seven-game goal streak (Nov. 26 – Dec. 8, 2003).

“I didn’t know he had the streak but I’m not surprised, he was a great player,” Nyquist said of Hull. “I had no clue about the streak.”

Nyquist was named the NHL’s first Star of the Week Monday after recording seven points and helping Detroit earn seven of a possible eight points over a four-game stretch last week as the club moved back into a wild-card spot. The forward currently leads the NHL in goals (20) and points (31) in 25 games since Jan. 20.

After beginning the regular season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Nyquist is now scoring at a 43-goal and 73-point pace over 82-game season despite netting just one goal over an 18-game period from Dec. 1 through Jan. 18.

“I can’t say that I expected to score this many goals,” Nyquist said. “Again, I think all the young guys have done a good job. Injuries have created a lot of opportunities for different players and we’ve grown more confidence from it.”

Nyquist’s 25 goals this season exceed his previous career high of 23, achieved in 58 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2012-13. He currently ranks fourth on Detroit’s roster in scoring, six points behind leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg (48).

“Some of the goals have been off pretty good deflections as well, so it’s nice to see the puck go in,” said Nyquist. “It’s been a crazy year with injuries, we’d like to have some key players back, but we’ve gotten an opportunity to play a lot more minutes and in different situations. That’s given us all some more confidence.”

If Nyquist scores five more goals this season, he will become Detroit’s first 30-goal scorer since 2008-09, when Marian Hossa (40), Johan Franzen (34), Pavel Datsyuk (32) and Henrik Zetterberg (31) hit that mark.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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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