Nyquist Scores Twice in Season Debut as Red Wings Down Hurricanes

Making his first appearance of the season with Detroit, forward Gustav Nyquist scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Nyquist had been buried in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins as the Red Wings didn't have space under the salary cap to fit him on their roster. With defenseman Danny DeKeyser on long-term injured reserve, room opened up for Nyquist's promotion.

Just 17 seconds into the game, Nyquist opened the scoring off the rebound of a Jonathan Ericsson chance. Henrik Zetterberg forced a turnover on the left wing in the Carolina end and carried the puck into the slot before dropping it off to Ericsson up high. Ericsson's shot was knocked away but came right to Nyquist at the inside edge of the far faceoff circle, where he swatted a chance between the pads of Hurricanes' netminder Justin Peters.

Darren Helm made it 2-0 at 2:37 of the second period. Justin Abdelkader drove to the front of the net from the right wing and had a shot blocked. The rebound came out to Helm in the slot for a quick snap past Peters.

Windsor-native Brett Bellemore's first career goal got the Hurricanes on the board 2:12 later. Bellemore got the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle and sent it down low to Radek Dvorak before driving to the net all alone, getting the puck back at the hashmarks for a quick slapper past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

With 7:09 left in the middle period, Andrej Sekara tied things up, carrying the puck from center ice into the slot untouched before snapping a shot past Gustavsson.

Detroit regained the lead at 8:29 of the second with a goal credited to Niklas Kronwall. Skating with a two-man advantage, Kronwall threw a shot on net from the slot that was blocked in front. The puck bounced out towards Jordan Staal, who inadvertently kicked it back into his own net.

Nyquist would round out the Red Wings' scoring with 4:02 remaining, beating Peters between the pads on a breakaway chance.

Sekara rounded out the scoring with a shorthanded goal after Tomas Tatar couldn't handle the rebound of Staal's chance with 16 seconds remaining.

Kronwall's goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had four tries with the man-advantage, including a long five-on-three.

Gustavsson stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced for his fourth win of the season. Peters stopped 43 of 47 shots against.

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Seriously, though... Why did it take Nyquist so long? 17 seconds? I expected better.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 7:42 PM

 

Sure has been a long time since a Nyquist goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 7:44 PM

 

Nyquist didn't score on that shift Back to GR!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 7:44 PM

 

Helm, Nyquist and Tatar up front on the PP. What team is this?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 8:00 PM

 

Helm scoring is nice, but it's no Nyquist.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 8:38 PM

 

Nyquist briefly on the ice with Datsyuk. Babcock clearly trying to get Pavs going.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 8:41 PM

 

Okay, I looked up the TOI numbers so I know Cleary played in the first, but I swear that was the first shift I saw him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 8:41 PM

 

Sekara? Really?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 8:53 PM

 

Had to allow the late goal so Nyquist's would be the GWG.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2013 at 9:58 PM

 

Mickey says "you don't call somethin' like that", But you know if it were the Wings doing the holding, it would get called.....

Posted by OldBroad on 11/21/2013 at 9:58 PM

 

Not to be snarky, but much as I think Chris Osgood is adorable, I do not find his commentary or on camera presence to be impressive, and Lindsey Whatever-her-name is no Trevor....Who makes these decisions, anyway?

Posted by OldBroad on 11/21/2013 at 10:11 PM

 
Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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