By Michael Blinn
With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the sidelines, the Detroit Red Wings needed someone to turn to while they pursue a playoff spot in the East.
Enter Gustav Nyquist, who has been one of the NHL's hottest players during the last few months, notching 22 goals and 35 points in his last 28 games, including his current 13-game scoring streak that has seen him light the lamp 11 times and post 13 points during that stretch.
The Swedish winger has been saving his best for the final weeks of the season, as evidenced by this tally against the Lightning on Sunday that showcases his power, speed, tenacity, deft touch, and high hockey IQ:
If Detroit doesn't make the playoffs, it won't be Nyquist's fault, as he's rapidly showing Red Wings fans what to expect from the team's next generation of stars. His highlight-reel goal helped the team to a 3-2 win over the Lightning, and two very big points in the wild card race.