Toronto at Detroit

Nyquist scores twice, Red Wings hold off Maple Leafs


DETROIT -- Gustav Nyquist is making the most of his opportunity to play a lot for the injury-depleted Detroit Red Wings.

Nyquist had two goals and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to help the Red Wings hold on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old Nyquist has 19 goals in 43 games after he had a total of four goals in 40 games spread out over the previous two seasons in the league.

Entering the game against Toronto, he was tied with Boston's Jarome Iginla with an NHL-high 12 goals since Jan. 20.

"I didn't know that," Nyquist said. "I'm just playing with some good players and I'm getting some good bounces."

While Nyquist is being humble about his goal-scoring stretch, teammate Daniel Alfredsson raved about the fellow Swede.

"He's really pesky on the forecheck and he's making a lot of plays," Alfredsson said. "His speed gives him chances that other players don't get. The second goal was a perfect example."

Early in the third period, Nyquist poked the puck off the boards to himself and charged up the ice early to flick a wrist shot from the right circle that beat James Reimers' blocker.

That goal seemed to set the Red Wings up for the victory, but they still had work to do.

Jake Gardiner scored on a power play midway through the third to pull Toronto within a goal.

The Maple Leafs appeared to tie the game less than two minutes later, but Nazem Kardri's goal was waved off because he made a kicking motion to knock the puck in with the inside of his right skate.

The Red Wings went ahead by two goals again with 2:33 left when Alfredsson's wrist shot from the slot hit the back of the net on an odd-man rush that Gardiner lamented.

"I thought we were going to come back at the end, but we made a mistake," Gardiner said.

The Maple Leafs pulled Reimer to add an extra skater seconds later and James van Riemsdyk scored with 1:13 left, but couldn't get the puck past Howard again to extend the game past regulation.

"Not a lot of space out on the ice," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said.

Reimer stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs.

Detroit is desperately trying to move up in the Eastern Conference standings to extend its postseason streak to 23 with a fraction of the team it expected to have this season.

Toronto is the first of two wild-card teams in the East, and the Red Wings wouldn't make the playoffs is they started Wednesday.

"A huge win for us," Nyquist said. "Also very important they didn't get a point too and we got two."

The Red Wings lost forward Justin Abdelkader to a leg laceration in Sunday's loss at Chicago, leading to the team calling up 22-year-old Landon Ferraro, son of former NHL player Ray Ferraro.

"I was a little nervous at the beginning," Landon Ferraro acknowledged.

Ferraro said it was "awesome" to have both his parents watch him play his first game for the Red Wings.

"It was real nice for both of them to be able to get in and be here for this," he said before chatting with his father in the dressing room after the game.

Abdelkader's injury also put 25-year-old defenseman Brendan Smith at forward for the first time since he was a teenager against Toronto.

The banged-up team, which had won just two of their previous seven games, took another hit against the Maple Leafs. The Red Wings started the game with numerous forwards, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, due to injuries and lost defenseman Jonathan Ericsson because of a broken finger.

"We get somebody hurt every day and they never come back," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I guess he's out for a bit. I don't really know. A hand specialist is looking at him."


The Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in their previous meeting, a 3-2 shootout on New Year's Day in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, after losing the first matchup this season 5-4 in a shootout at home. ... Abdelkader is expected to be out for two weeks. ... Toronto, which closed its road trip 2-3, hosts Tampa Bay on Wednesday. ... Detroit's next game is Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Daniel Alfredsson (left) and David Legwand celebrate after Alfredsson scores what turns out to be the winning goal for Detroit. (USATSI)
Daniel Alfredsson (left) and David Legwand celebrate after Alfredsson scores what turns out to be the winning goal for Detroit. (USATSI)
Toronto (36-26-8)0022
Detroit  (31-24-13) «1023
Three Stars
G. Nyquist

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Gardiner

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Howard

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .939

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Scoring Summary
12:50 - Gustav Nyquist (18), Backhand Shot. Assist: Quincey
02:06 - Gustav Nyquist (19), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
08:24Power Play - Jake Gardiner (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rielly
17:27 - Daniel Alfredsson (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Legwand, Kronwall
18:47 - James van Riemsdyk (27), Tip-In. Assist: Phaneuf, Lupul
Penalty Summary
03:40Lupul, 2 min, Hooking
04:35Tatar, 2 min, Slashing
16:48Raymond, 2 min, Holding
03:05Gleason, 2 min, Boarding
08:16van Riemsdyk, 2 min, Holding
14:36Glendening, 2 min, Hooking
06:58Quincey, 2 min, High sticking
09:58Franzen, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
James Reimer57:45283
Jimmy Howard60:00312
Game Information
Attendance - 20066
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Scott Driscoll
Other Games
Bos 4 Final
NJ 2
Dal 1 Final
Pitt 5
Min 6 Final
Car 3 Final
Colu 1
NYR 8 Final
Ott 4
Chi 2 Final
Phi 3
Colo 3 Final
Mon 6
Buf 1 Final
Cal 3
Nash 1 Final
Edm 5
Wash 3 Final
Ana 2
Fla 3 Final
SJ 2