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Video: Nyquist shows speed, accuracy on breakaway game-winning goal

Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

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Gustav Nyquist was flying, and couldn’t be stopped. Not by a flat-footed Zdeno Chara. Not by goalie Tuukka Rask.

Nyquist scored an absolutely beautiful breakaway goal to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. It’s a huge two points for the Red Wings, who maintain a three point lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the top Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Nyquist helped strip Carl Soderberg of the puck inside the Detroit blue line, then took off with a burst of speed, going around Chara and snapping a shot that beat Rask on the glove side. It’s the 28th goal of the season for Nyquist. His previous career high in the NHL was three in 22 games last season.

He’s heating up at the right time for Detroit, with 12 goals in his last 10 games. The Red Wings got a pair of pretty goals in the third period, including the one from Nyquist. Tomas Jurco scored courtesy some fancy footwork from Tomas Tatar to tie the game.

  1. buffbry - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Who says the Red Wings are old and need a rebuild? 3 goals, Nyquist, Tatar and Jurco. Wings 3-1 against Boston this year. Fluery has to be the worst goalie in the playoffs.

    Either way I can see the Red Wings with Datsyuk back beating Penguins and really having a good chance against Boston

    • bencia823 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIgkMz6cKZI

      • xtrememachine1 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        What’s he done since then? Oh yeah, choke hardcore. IMO, that save screwed the Pens out of multiple championships because no matter how terrible Fleury plays in the playoffs, people always point to that season and say “BUT he has a Cup!”. How many Cups would they have if it wasn’t for him melting down every spring since ’09? That all-star team that they put on the ice last year almost went down in the first round to the freakin Islanders because of Fleury.

    • thegreatmorpheos - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      I would never count Detroit out any more than I would suggest Fluery would be the worst goalie in the playoffs. With a Stanley Cup ring, he deserves more respect than that. Particularly since we don’t know who all the teams, and hence goalies, will be in the playoffs.

      I’m willing to bet Fluery will NOT be the worst goalie in the playoffs.

      I’m also willing to bet Chara is the slowest defenseman in the NHL. He reminds me of an orange traffic pylon.

      I know, because I am, The Great Morpheos.

    • hockey412 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      If Detroit can make the playoffs then I’d agree, all bets are off.

      The thing is, when you draft as well as the Detroit organization does, do you ever really need a rebuild? I just wonder if they are shaping these players (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Nyquist) into what they are, or if they just scout exceptionally well. It’s more than luck. Of the playoff contending teams, Detroit might have the fewest first rounders on it’s roster.

      • hockeydon10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        It’s multi-faceted.

        They do scout and draft extremely well. Not sure how this will be affected with Jim Nill now in Dallas. Some reports are that he took some of the Detroit scouting staff with him.

        The Red Wings have complete managerial oversight of the Grand Rapids Griffins. This means they dictate what system the Griffins employ, who is the coach, etc. Day-to-day stuff may be handled by the Griffins staff, but they do work closely with the Wings’ front office so everyone is on the same page. Some teams simply don’t have this arrangement and it shows.

        They season their prospects for longer than a lot of clubs. Nyquist is 24 with 91 games played. Part of that was cap crunch, but a lot of it was getting him trained the way they want to see their players play the game.

        The Wings, like a lot of successful teams, maintain a sort of air of confidence. They don’t get rattled easily. They stick to their system through thick and thin. They’re not the type of team to ride a guy for making a “rookie mistake”. In 24/7 one of the young guys was leaving the bench for intermission hanging his head because they were losing. Babcock said “Don’t hang your head. That’s bad body language.” That says a lot about the culture in the Wings.

    • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      I wouldn’t doubt that Detroit could beat the Pens in the playoffs (And yes I’m a Pens fan) but I don’t think it would be Fleury’s fault and wouldn’t say that other than the Philly series a couple years ago that he has been absolutely terrible in the playoffs.

      First off, how do you not notice the defense in front of him completely collapsing in the Playoffs? How often do you see a defenseman pinch like Letang does when the game is tied or the Pens are up? I wouldn’t mind if he was on the 2nd or 3rd pair but he is our number one defenseman and needs to learn to play like a defenseman. Move the puck up and let Crosby/Malkin take care of the offense.

      Other than Letang who else do the Pens have at defense? I own an Orpik jersey and will still admit he is a shell of his former self, he can still lay people out but his speed has really diminished. He gets beat one on one way too much as well. Niskanen, another offensive defenseman, is just as bad as Letang except he has half the skill. He plays better defense than Letang but that’s really not saying much.

      Martin has really been our only “Good” defenseman and that only started last season, before that he was god awful and was almost bought out.

      I’m not saying that there is no blame to go on Fleury but jesus, give the man some credit, when you have a defense in front of you that would rather win a game 10 to 9 than 1 to 0 there is only so much you can do.

      • hockeydon10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        You say, “beat one on one way too much”. Not exactly a recipe for success when one looks at Nyquist’s breakaway goals over the last month or so. (And Tatar and Helm have a few like that.) That would be a Babcock/Bylsma duel for sure.

      • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Hell hockeydon10, all you need to do is look at the video in this post and you can see right there how terrible a match up of Nyquist vs Orpik would be. You would probably have to keep either Maata, Letang, or Martin out there constantly just to not get beat constantly against Detroit’s speed guys.

  2. polegojim - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Boston and Pitt are never easy, but love the effort by these kids every… single… game.

  3. hockeydon10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Hard to argue this guy isn’t the best value in the league at $950k cap hit.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Indeed it’s hard. I know this is a rough estimate but he’s the 11th best “value” in the league according to Cap Geek in terms of points/salary. Tarter wasn’t far behind.

      He certainly passes the eye test.

      http://www.capgeek.com/bargain-hunter/

  4. redwingsfan101 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Nyquist should definitely be farther up considering the amount of games he’s played compared to the other players on that list. He has 46 points in 51 games compared to palat who has 53 points but has played 76 games. I understand he’s getting payed more but that doesn’t make much a difference considering how much more he’s getting. Nyquist deserves more credit than he’s been given especially with the depleted roster that the wings have.

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