Best on the links … Nyquist for a day

TRAVERSE CITY – Gustav Nyquist and Todd Bertuzzi got the best of Jimmy Howard and Daniel Cleary on the golf course Thursday.

Nyquist fired an 18-hole round of 76, while Bertuzzi game in one stroke higher. Howard and Cleary were in the 80s and 90s.

“We kind of smoked the other guys,” said Nyquist, who’s low round ever is a 68. “We won a few things so it was a good day.”

Howard forgave Cleary for his scorecard, since they played on the same day he signed his one-year deal to return.

“They’re one up so far,” Howard said. “It was a little bit of an emotional roller-coaster for him so I won’t hold it against him.”

Asked who’s the best golfer on the team and Nyquist said it was Daniel Alfredsson.

“But we have a lot of guys that can play,” Nyquist said.

Two years ago, Niklas Kronwall had a hole-in-one at Turnberry in Scotland.

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