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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 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