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Nyquist, Lundqvist, Iginla are NHL’s three stars

Mar 24, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

Gustav Nyquist AP

Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and Bruins winger Jarome Iginla are the NHL’s three stars of the past week.


Nyquist led all players with six goals and tied for the League lead with seven points to help the Red Wings (33-24-14, 80 points) earn seven of a possible eight points and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Lundqvist posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Rangers (39-29-4, 82 points) to three consecutive victories, helping the team move into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Iginla tied for second in the NHL with five goals in four outings to help the Bruins (49 17 5, 103 points) extend their winning streak to 12 games and take over the top spot in the NHL standings. He recorded 2-0—2 in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild March 17.

Consistent with Detroit’s organizational philosophy, the Wings have been patient with Nyquist’s development since drafting him 121st overall in 2008. After a good deal of time in college and in the AHL, the 24-year-old is enjoying a breakout season in the NHL, with 23 goals in 46 games.

“We play [in Grand Rapids] the way we do up here and it’s a great league to develop in and to learn the pro game,” said Nyquist of his AHL experience, per

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM


    jk, but he’s temporarily filling in the scoring hole Dats left nicely.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I mean Nyquist, if context wasn’t enough there.

  2. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Tartar and Nyquist remind me of Datsyuk and zetterberg when they were young. This is why the Red Wings are the best organization in sports. They draft well, develop talent, and have guys that stay around and teach “the red wing way”.

    • pwshrugged - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      We’re certainly seeing the next wave of young players come in, like we did in the early ’00s with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

      Neither are perfect corollaries, though Nyquist strikes me as a hybrid Datsyuk/Zetterberg… he has Z’s puck protection skills and Datsyuk’s shifty skating. I can see Nyquist wearing an “A” in a couple seasons, honestly. Sheahan reminds of Brendan Shanahan like very few players I’ve seen, except for being a center and being a better skater. He doesn’t have Shanny’s shot, but he has that size and offensive awareness and knows how to use ’em. Tatar… yeah, sure, Datsyuk. Not as patient as Datsyuk, though, and a greater defensive liability than some of the other kids.

      Of course, that’s all to say nothing of Danny DeKeyser.

      Did Nyquist play too many NHL games last season to qualify for the Calder Trophy this year?

  3. bruinsfan55 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Iggy has been a monster this year, with the exception of the first little of the season. He’s consistently scoring goals and playing Bruins style hockey. He’s been an awesome fit here. In ways he’s already been better than Horton ever was

    • c9castine - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      good fit and all im not sure why anybody would be surprised by this…its jarome iginla.

      hes 36. he had a couple down years with a bad calgary team but thats it. Jaromir Jagr is 43 and playing for the Devils of all teams and is outscoring Iginla.

      so, like I said, not taking anything away from him. It just always surprises me when people count a guy out just because hes over the age of 30.

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