Former University of Maine men’s hockey star Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings is heading to the Sochi Olympics as a member of Sweden’s men’s hockey team.
Team Sweden replaced the injured Johan Franzen, also a member of the Red Wings, with Nyquist on Monday.
Franzen is recovering from a concussion and has only played in one game since Jan. 26.
Nyquist, who starred at UMaine from 2008-11, is a roll and coming off his first three-goal NHL game Sunday night during a 6-5 loss to the Capitals.
“The puck’s finding me, I guess,” Nyquist said before quickly crediting linemates Henrik Zetterberg (three assists) and Justin Abdelkader (goal) for their contributions. Nyquist also had an assist in the game.
Nyquist, 24, has 13 goals and nine assists in 30 games this season. He is one of 10 Red Wings heading to the Olympics, including goalie Jimmy Howard, who is on the US team and also a former UMaine standout (2002-05).
Nyquist scored a power-play goal at 11:40, but the Capitals regained the two-goal edge on John Carlson’s one-timer from the slot on a power play at 16:05 of the first period.
Nyquist netted Detroit’s next two goals, each with assists from Zetterberg.
Nyquist tipped in a goal off a Zetterberg pass during a power play at 18:49 of the second period.
Nyquist’s third goal came 42 seconds into the third period, tying the game at 4. Zetterberg skated through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone before faking a shot and passing to Nyquist, who scored his 13th goal of the season and eighth in the past seven games.
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