Wings’ Nyquist NHL’s second star for March

Gustav Nyquist is in the midst of a nine-game point streak.

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Forward Gustav Nyquist has been carrying the offensive load for the Red Wings and the league has noticed.

On Tuesday, the NHL named Nyquist its second star of the month for March.

Nyquist was second in the league with 12 goals and tied for fifth with 18 points as the Wings went 7-6-2 and moved into seventh in the Eastern Conference.

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Nyquist, 24, had a six-game goal streak from March 16-25, the longest by a Wing since Daniel Cleary scored in six straight from Nov. 5-17, 2010.

On March 7, Nyquist had a goal and three assists for a career-best four points against the New Jersey Devils. He had two goals March 18 against Toronto, March 23 against Minnesota and March 25 against Columbus.

Since Jan. 20, no player has more goals than the 22 Nyquist has scored in 27 games.

"He made a pretty good entrance in his first game (of the season, Nov. 21 vs. Carolina)," veteran Daniel Alfredsson said. "I think he scored two goals. I think he’s really confident and really knows how to play all areas of the ice and not just scoring goals. He’s been great at that but I like his work ethic, his attention to details, and just being a young guy who is leading by example for everybody."

Nyquist is in the midst of a nine-game point streak (11 goals and two assists), the longest by a Wing since Henrik Zetterberg had an 11-game streak (six goals and 10 assists) from Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011.

Boston’s Jarome Iginla, whose Bruins will be in Detroit Wednesday, is the No. 1 star for March after scoring 13 goals as Boston went 15-1-1.

Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux (six goals, 15 assists) is the NHL’s third star for March.