DETROIT – Gustav Nyquist showed a nice touch shooting Saturday something he did not do often enough last season.
He scored with an accurate shot hard wrist in the top corner of the net on one to one two to one. Kane Jersey. Then he whipped a shot between the legs of a defender and past the goalkeeper.
“He has a sly shot at him,” said Jimmy Howard.
Nyquist provided the necessary offense and Howard was impenetrable in the net that the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 at Joe Louis Arena for their fourth consecutive victory.
“I thought we were pretty good about our game,” said the Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. “I just thought we did a good job of getting on top of the washer, which creates sales figures. I thought we played very quickly, I thought we attacked the fast ice, so our speed looked good.
“Obviously, you want to get points in this league when you can, but from the viewpoint of the process, I thought we made a good step forward.”
Nyquist also made progress. He has three goals in the last two games and is tied for the team leader with seven points.
“It is obviously to score goals,” Nyquist said. “Obviously I did not do a good enough job of last year. But it’s still early. I have not marked the first game and now I managed to score a couple, which was obviously nice. ”
Nyquist scored twice in the second period to put his team 2-0 ahead.
Jonathan Ericsson skated the puck up the ice and made a pass of the shovel in spring him loose on a two against one for the first goal at 4:14. Ryan Sproul jumped on a turnover and made a beautiful pass from Nyquist setback for the second goal at 15:10.
“He’s a goalscorer, they need to score goals,” said the captain of the Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg. “He’s really taking advantage of opportunities that has been done here. I think it plays well with (Darren) Helm and (Thomas) Vanek, they were a good line. ”
The Red Wings need Nyquist rebound after a poor season in which he has produced only 17 goals and 43 points, down 27 goals and 54 points last year.
“His first two preseason games are not great and then really, really picked up and he was excellent since,” said Blashill. “I think the level of competition was high real. NHL NEW GAME. As I said earlier in the season, it was not the ball, but he got the points and now he has been able to find the back the net. When you score, it breeds confidence for sure, so I think that great for him. If anything, it shows how much work he put in. “