Gustav Nyquist made a great play in a losing effort.

Nyquist was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday to replace forward Patrick Eaves against the visiting Minnesota Wild. Eaves was hit on the chin by a deflected puck in Tuesday's practice and suffered sprained temporomandibular joints in his jaw. He's considered day to day.

With the Wings trailing, 2-0, Nyquist scored unassisted on a breakaway at 9:09 of the second period. The Wings lost, 4-2.

"It was kind of a broken play on the blue line," Nyquist said. "Got it behind the (defenseman) and kind of skated around him and was in all alone and tried to make a move and fortunately it went in."

Nyquist had played for the Griffins in Peoria on Tuesday night. Wings coach Mike Babcock joked that after a 6-hour bus ride, Nyquist would get a chance to get some sleep before having to face the Wild.

"It's fun to be up here," Nyquist said of being with the Wings. "You're always excited. I'm still young, so I've got pretty fresh legs. I was good."

Nyquist, 23, has proven he can score at the AHL level, but had not been able to carry that over when he has had opportunities to play in NHL.