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Nyquist named 'Second Star' of month

NHL recognizes Red Wings' young forward, who produced 18 points in March

Tuesday, 04.1.2014 / 3:11 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Nyquist named \'Second Star\' of month

Gustav Nyquist
Right Wing  - DET
Goals: 27 | Assists: 18 | Pts: 45
Shots: 138 | +/-: 14
DETROIT Gustav Nyquist’s last goal in March was probably his finest.

At least that’s what one cable network thought, identifying his goal in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay as the best highlight-reel play among ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the weekend featured on “SportsCenter”.

“I did not see that,” said Nyquist, who leads the Wings with a career-high 27 goals this season. “That's cool, I guess.”

Also copacetic, albeit, expected, was news Tuesday that Nyquist was named the Second Star of the Month for March by the National Hockey League. It was just a week ago that the league recognized Nyquist as the First Star of the Week on March 24.

Nyquist finished the month with the second-most goals (12) and was tied for fifth with 18 points to help the Red Wings post a 7-6-2 record and move into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. He scored in nine of 15 games, including a six-game goal streak – the longest by a Red Wings’ player since Daniel Cleary scored in six straight games in November 2010.

While Nyquist’s accelerated development has caught some by surprise, his teammates, including Daniel Alfredsson, who played with the 24-year-old Swede in the Sochi Olympics, isn’t amazed.

“I don’t know if there’s a huge difference, I mean, he made a pretty good entrance in his first game (of the season). I think he scored two goals,” Alfredsson said. “I think he’s really confident and really knows how to play all areas of the ice and not just scoring goals. He’s been great at that but I like his work ethic, his attention to details, and just being a young guy who is leading by example for everybody.”

Since the Olympic break, Nyquist has led the team’s youth movement, scoring 13 of the Red Wings’ 50 goals. He also leads the league with 22 goals in 27 games since Jan. 20, plus he’s on a nine-game point streak, which is the club’s longest since Henrik Zetterberg’s streak in 2010-11.

Nyquist registered three two-goal games in March – vs. Toronto (Mar. 18); vs. Minnesota (Mar. 23); and at Columbus (Mar. 25) – and posted a career-high four point night against New Jersey Mar. 7. He also leads the Red Wings with five game-winning goals, including two last month.

In just 50 games played, Nyquist is tied for second, with Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall, with 45 points. At his torrid pace, Nyquist would have 45 goals in a full 82-game schedule.

Boston forward Jarome Iginla and Philadelphia center Claude Giroux were named first and third stars of March, respectively.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80