For all the jumping around he has done in the past few seasons, for all the call-ups and send-downs he’s weathered, fans have wondered whether Gustav Nyquist is cursed.
He has not played a solid, consistent amount of time on this Red Wings team. Despite this, every time he is called up to fill in for injured players, he shows great promise. He has moves like Pavel Datsyuk and intuition like Henrik Zetterberg. He is what everyone hoped Valtteri Filppula might morph into at some point.
Nyquist made his appearance for the first time this season on Thursday evening against the Carolina Hurricanes. Fans, as rabid as ever, clung to the hope that Nyquist would be the thing that changed the Red Wings fortunes. A ridiculous home losing streak had everyone freaking out and the lack of a win in the Red Wings last nine games made fans think crazy thoughts.
And the “Church of Nyquist” movement was born on Twitter.
With how fans were acting during this losing streak, what do you expect? Nyquist has deserved to be a constant part of this team for the past few seasons, but with players like Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves playing well on top of signings like Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo, and the re-signing of Dan Cleary, there has not been space for him.
He is the black sheep of this team.
The hype before this game reached ridiculous levels. #ChurchofNyquist came about on Twitter, with the awesome Nick Tylwalk taking charge and making fun of how completely crazy people were getting over Nyquist gracing the lineup.
So what does Nyquist do with this first attempt at cracking the lineup this season? He scores a goal seventeen seconds into the game. It was the fastest goal scored by the Red Wings since Kirk Maltby‘s goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in December 2006.
Not only that, he managed a breakaway goal in the third period to take the Red Wings up 3-2 in the game. And the Red Wings won the game 4-3.
Therefore, because of this–because the streak was broken and this team finally won a game (and in regulation!)–Gustav Nyquist has become the lord and savior of the Detroit Red Wings.
Lord Gustav is my shepherd, I shall not want for goals. Though goalies’ glove hands may flash leather, there are always five-holes…
— Church of Nyquist (@ChurchOfNyquist) November 22, 2013
Don’t get me wrong–we know how ridiculous this whole thing is. The Swede is not the sole savior of this team. There is no “one player” fix. We aren’t actually worshipping the ice upon which he skates. But if you saw anything that was happening in the blogosphere of Red Wings hockey yesterday, you may have thought that was actually happening. Every now and then we do get desperate.
Plus, it’s just fun to make fun of how carried away we can get.
Now just wait until Nyquist gets sent back down to Grand Rapids.
For absolute hilarity (and parody), check out the newly created Twitter, @ChurchofNyquist