|Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes a pad save on a break-away against Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)|
Gustav Nyquist didn’t want his Detroit Red Wings to go to the shootout, that’s why he decided to do it all himself in overtime.
Nyquist scored at 4:12 of extra time as the Red Wings defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.
Nyquist carried the puck around the Senators’ zone for close to 30 seconds, circling Ottawa’s net three times before launching a shot from the slot for the winner.
“It was good. Nice to get the win in OT. We haven’t been as successful in the shootout as we want so it’s nice to get the win coming back,” Nyquist said of the win.
“You know you have a little bit more space out there on four-on-four and the other guys did a good job creating space for me and I had a good screen in front. It’s tough to defend when you have a lot of room and you can protect (the puck) on the outside. I just tried to hold on to it as long as possible to get a good shot off and it worked.”
Detroit (19-8-9) got its other goals from Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg, but it was the work of netminder Jimmy Howard and his 31 saves that avoided a Red Wings loss in regulation. He stopped Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson on a breakaway early in overtime to help keep the game tied.