Wings snap 7-game losing streak as Nyquist nets 2 against 'Canes
Gustav Nyquist made the most of his return from the minors.
Niklas Kronwall was credited with the tie-breaking goal in the third period, Nyquist had 2 goals and the Detroit Red Wings broke a seven-game game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Nyquist was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. He wasn't there because he wasn't good enough to make the team out of training camp, but due to salary cap reasons. He was one of Detroit's best forwards in training camp and during the exhibition season after playing a key role for the Red Wings on the third line during last season's playoffs.
Only a shoulder separation to defenseman Danny Dekeyser in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Nashville, which put him on the long-term injured list, gave Detroit the cap space to bring Nyquist back.
"We'll see, we'll see what happens here," Nyquist said after the game. "Obviously this is where I want to play and I want to be a part of this team and hopefully we'll be able to work that out."
He scored his first goal just 17 seconds into the game by putting in a loose puck from the bottom of the right circle.
"It was a lucky bounce there, but it for sure was nice to get a quick one so that felt great," Nyquist said.
"We needed to win and it was a good win for us. I thought our team played well. We had lots of opportunities," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We made it closer than we needed to, for sure. I thought we really carried territorial play. Our specialty teams were outstanding."
"They're a good hockey team and they played well. . They owned the puck," Sekera said.
Kronwall was credited with the 5-on-3 power-play goal that broke a 2-2 tie 8:29 into the third period when Hurricanes' captain Eric Staal accidentally kicked the puck into his own net.
Nyquist scored on a breakaway with 4:02 left.
Sekera got his second goal with a short-handed effort in the last minute.
Detroit killed off a 1:36 two-man disadvantage late in the second period and early in the third.
"We were right there in the third period. We had a 5-on-3 that we had the chance to go up," Sekera said. "We didn't score and they scored on theirs."
Sekera tied the game at 2 with 7:09 left in the middle period with his first goal. He made a move past the Red Wings' Todd Bertuzzi and then beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot from the slot off the rush. It was Sekera's third goal.
Bellemore put Carolina on the board 5:49 into the middle period, making it 2-1 by completing a give-and-go with right wing Radek Dvorak and whipping a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle past Gustavsson.
Helm gave Detroit a 2-0 lead 2:37 into the second period. He also beat Peters with a shot from the bottom of the right circle for his third goal.
NOTE: Hurricanes LW Jeff Skinner returned after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury. . Carolina RW Alexander Semin missed his second game with a concussion. . The Red Wings played their first complete game without rookie D Danny DeKeyser, who will miss three-to-six weeks with a separated left shoulder. He was put on long-term IR. . Hurricanes D Tim Gleason, LW Nathan Gerbe and LW Drayson Bowman are all from Michigan. . Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson (groin) missed his fourth game and Red Wings' C Stephen Weiss (groin) missed his sixth. . Carolina D Jay Harrison missed his second game with an illness. . Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of hockey and business development and director of player safety was honored before the game for his recent Hall of Fame induction. He played for Detroit in 1996-97 and 2005-06. . Detroit D Brian Lashoff left the game in the second period due to the flu.