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DETROIT – Gustav Nyquist spent the first six weeks of last season in the minors because the Detroit Red Wings didn’t have room for him on their roster.

This year, Nyquist and the other young players promoted during the season are with the club from the start. The Red Wings are counting on their speed, energy and scoring ability to help them get off to a good start.

They did just that on Thursday, as Nyquist scored the deciding goal in a 2-1 season-opening victory over the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

Justin Abdelkader also scored for the Red Wings. Johan Franzen assisted on both goals. Jimmy Howard made 16 saves.

The Red Wings opened against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning team that knocked them out of the first round of the playoffs last spring in five games.

The Bruins had a six-on-four advantage with 2:34 left after pulling goaltender Tuukka Rask following an elbowing penalty on Franzen. But the power play expired after 48 seconds due to a goalie interference call on Zdeno Chara.

The Red Wings host Anaheim on Saturday and then Boston comes back to town on Wednesday, due to a quirk in the schedule.

The Red Wings outshot the Bruins 10-4 and scored twice to lead 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Abdelkader tied it at 1-1 at 3:52, by being in the right place at the right time. Danny DeKeyser’s blast from the point was tipped by Johan Franzen and deflected in off of Abdelkader’s pants.

Nyquist converted at 14:46, on his team’s third power play of the night. He was in front of the net when he buried a nice pass from Darren Helm.

Nyquist, who led the Red Wings with 28 goals in 2013-14, hadn’t scored in the final 11 games, regular season and playoffs, after his winning goal against the Bruins on April 2.

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