Feb 26, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during an over-time period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down Gustav Nyquist's Overtime Game Winning Goal

Gustav Nyquist has been the hottest Detroit Red Wing over their past ten games by tallying thirteen points in those games and yesterday was no exception.

Despite being on a hot streak, Mike Babcock decided to stat Nyquist on the Wings’ fourth line to make room for the return of Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen on the top line.

Moving Nyquist down to the fourth line helps even out the lines, but he does not belong on a checking line, he belongs in the Wings’ top six.

As the game went on, Babcock did swap Todd Bertuzzi for Gustav Nyquist every few shifts. Nyquist looked dangerous next to Pavel Datsyuk, but Nyquist was not able to make his mark on the game until overtime.

Once the puck hit Nyquist’s stick, he looked up and realized the amount of open space in front of him and wasted no time getting up the ice. He evaded a check from Brian Gionta, drew three defenders towards him, and then dropped the puck back for Danny DeKeyser to take a shot.

The play did not end there for Nyquist though. Once he dropped the puck for DeKeyser, he turned around to take a look at what DeKeyser was going to do with the puck and then went straight to the net. By going straight to the net he pulled the Canadiens left defenseman out of position and gave Johan Franzen a clear path to the front of the net.

Franzen was able to slip in front of the right defenseman and skate toward the vacated area by the left defenseman. Once in that area, he was able to get a stick on the shot to deflect the puck away from the center of Peter Budaj‘s chest and produce a rebound for Gustav Nyquist to slap into the wide open net.

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