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Wings maintain perfection in shootouts; Nick Jensen gets second straight two-point game

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT - The Red Wings can't lose in a shootout.

The Ottawa Senators claimed one point to move into third in the Atlantic Division but the Wings won the game, 5-4, in a shootout, thanks to a rookie just called up.

The Wings are 9-0 in shootouts this season and improved to 14-4-2 in their last 20 games against the Senators.

1. Evgeny Svechnikov: Svechnikov said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson told him at dinnertime Sunday night that he would be coming to Detroit to play for the Wings. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill played him on a line with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader. When the Wings and Senators were tied at 4 and no one had scored in the first six rounds of the shootout, Blashill turned to Svechnikov and the kid did not blink, skating in and scoring on goaltender Craig Anderson on a backhand. Svechnikov finished with one shot, one hit and one shootout winner in 13:10. Blashill also said Svechnikov would play in Ottawa Tuesday night.

Quotable: "Coach just point at me and he said just go and the guys just start telling me do your thing. And I was just excited. I just wanted to score so bad. It was so loud and I was excited, just did my thing." - Svechnikov

Quotable II: "I thought I'd give him a try. Obviously, it was a great move. I thought he did a real good job overall in his game. He's got real good strength on the puck and an ability to make a play. So he's heavy in the O-zone. Good match with Larks, gives them a little bit more O-zone time. I liked his game." - Blashill

2. Gustav Nyquist : Nyquist has played extremely well since completing his six-game suspension last month. Nyquist scored a power-play goal at 8:00 of the third period, which gave the Wings at 4-2 lead. Nyquist originally had another power-play goal at 5:53 but after the game, it was credited to Tomas Tatar. Nyquist still has five goals and 11 assists in his last 16 games. In 15 career games against the Senators, Nyquist has six goals and seven assists.

Quotable: "For me the most important thing is it's tough to see our team out of the playoff picture. That's what we fight for all season long and to not be in the hunt here the last few games have been tough, but I think we've battled hard and want to finish the season off strong here. That's the most important thing for us now." - Nyquist

Quotable II: "He's been playing well. He's at being in the right spot at the right time. Today, even though he missed a few chances early he comes back and scores. It's good to see. It was nice to see a goal scorer score goals." - Henrik Zetterberg

3. Nick Jensen : Just 40 seconds into the second period, Frans Nielsen broke the scoreless tie with a shot that went off of Ottawa defenseman Ben Harpur and into the net. Jensen assisted on the goal. At 6:57 of the second with the Wings on the penalty kill, Jensen found Larkin for a shorthanded goal. That gives Jensen four points in his last two games after Jensen had a goal and an assist against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. It is the first time in Jensen's professional career he has recorded back-to-back, multi-point games.

Quotable: "Anytime you're on the penalty kill and they give you ice, you want to kill time and you can try to score. Power plays don't really expect it. They just expect you throw it down the ice and I think that's what they were expecting me to do there. They give you the ice, we're going to take it and they gave me the ice so I took it. Larkin was joining the play, that's what we try to do all the time on the penalty kill if we have the opportunity." - Jensen

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