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Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 3:19 am
Niclkas Lidstrom did plenty to extend the series -- and maybe his career --- one more game. 

The Detroit Red Wings captain scored twice as the his team held on for a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the second-round series on Friday night. The victory prevented a San Jose Sharks sweep as the series moves back to Silicon Valley for Game 5 on Sunday. 

It also gave Detroit coach Mike Babcock  a chance to chide some reporters after talk of  the Lidstrom retirement has been the talk of the Motor City this week. 

“I thought it’s really good (with) you guys talking about retirement yesterday,” Babcock deadpanned. “I think he answered that bell pretty good.”

Lidstrom, 41, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and he hasn’t indicated what he’ll do this offseason. His oldest son, 16-year-old Kevin, has been accepted to hockey school in Sweden, fueling speculation Lidstrom may head back to his native country. 

But performances like Friday showed once again the defenseman still has plenty left. He scored Detroit’s second and third goals of the game as the Red Wings built a 3-0 lead, one that the Sharks eventually overcame before Darren Helm scored the game-winner with 1:27 left in regulation. 

Lidstrom has had four goals and an assist in the playoffs --- all coming in the four games against the Sharks. That’s more goals than any other Wings player in the entire playoffs, including Pavel Datsyuk (three goals), Johan Franzen (two) and Jiri Hudler (one). 

-- A.J. Perez
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:24 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 7, 2011 6:04 pm

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Everyone says "if only he didn't get hurt" all the time when his name pops up, well HE DID GET HURT THOUGH !

 Yes he did. The thing with Orr was that he was capable, and many times completely took over a game. I have NEVER seen a single player dominate a game like Orr; not Gretzky, Lemeux, Lidstrom, Esposito, Hull, Howe........nobody. I remeber watching that guy kill 90% of a power play by himself. Yes, Orr was injured, knee couldn't take it any longer, but that doesn't take away what he did before the injury. Never mind what he "Would" have done, he already did it. I mean, the guy was inducted into the HOF when he was 31 years old. 102 assists in 1970-71 season. A career +/- of 597. I've been a Blackhawks fan my entire life, but Bobby Orr is arguably one of the Greatest players to ever play the game. If I were starting a team from scratch with any player in history, he would be my 1st pick!

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:48 pm

Lidstrom vs Orr debate settled...

Don Cherry would not agree with this statement, but Lidstrom is slightly better than Orr ! There you go,I said it...It is not easy to say though,because I totally agree that Bobby Orr is the most dominating defenceman of all time ! Everyone says "if only he didn't get hurt" all the time when his name pops up, well HE DID GET HURT THOUGH ! Much like my favorite player Mike Bossy and the electric Pavel Bure-they dominated the game for about the same time (in a purely offensive way I realize) and had injuries cut their legendary careers short... Lidstrom is a guy who has played over 20 years and missed just a handful of games...he is a total class act and a model of consistancy...he is regarded as the hardest dman to beat 1 on 1 and this is a 41 year old guy going against crosby,ovechkin and the other FASTEST and FITTEST players of all time without being able to hold or hook to slow them down!  Last year ,my son and I had a chance to meet Bobby Orr at a hockey event..I was truly honored and thrilled to meet him and we had a very nice visit for about 5 minutes...I was even more awestruck when insisted that I be included in the picture with my son and him...he is simply an amazing man ! I have a strong feeling thatw that if I ever had the chance to meet Lidstrom in a similar situation , It would probably play out quite the same! In the end it is only  your opinion against mine of who is better,...but with these 2 guys, you can't lose if you were asked to put the best defenceman of all time onto the ice !

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:30 pm

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

But end of the day, Lidstrom is the best ever.  Plays both ways AMAZING and does it all as a leader.

 Great player without a doubt and a sure lock for first ballot HOF. That said, he's nowhere near what Orr brought to the table......not even close. Maybe you're too young to have seen Orr and all you have now are cheap youtube vids, but Orr was the best ever and I doubt we'll ever see his match!

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:27 pm

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

I also will disagree with money. Lidstrom may be the best defenseman in the league today but better than Orr? I will hav to disagree, Orr made the position. He made it what it is today. But my question is this I haven't heard any thing about Lidstrom retiring, I haven't heard him say that he is in fact retiring after this year is over. My opinion is this, he will back in the line up next year and maybe one more year after that. This series I think is going to leave a bitter taste in his mouth. And besides look at how many retired hockey players say that it is so hard to walk away from the sport.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:18 pm

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Nope. Have to say Bobby Orr is the best ever on the blue line. Too bad his career was cut short. Anyway, you can speculate on a lot of things about what Lidstrom is going to do, but the bottom line is that he has not given anyone a clue about what he wants to do. I thought he was going to hang them up last season. But, thankfully, he came back. His son is 16, and may enjoy the time away from home, being on his own at hockey school, if its like an academy setting. Bottom line, Lidstrom, in his 40's is still as valuable to the Wings now as he was in his "prime." I'd hate to see what Detroit would've looked like without him this season. There hasn't been an adequate successor to his spot on the blue line, and until they're comfortable with one, and Lidstrom is still performing at a high level, Detroit will open up their checkbook to keep this future hall of famer playing. And, as we all know, money talks.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:15 am

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Sorry moneybags but you're wrong here. I have all the respect in the world for Lidstrom. He's trully been an amazing player. There's only one Bobby Orr though. You say he was a forward playing defence but the thing is Orr was also the best defensive player in the game while winning scoring titles from the blueline. He was so much better than everyone playing at that time it was silly to watch. It's like in my crappy mens hockey league every once in awhile we run into a guy that sticks out because he played semi pro somewhere and should be playing 4 divisions higher than the one we're in. He dominates the game at will and nobody can touch him. Bobby Orr did that in the NHL against the best players in the world. He was ahead of his time. Oh ya, he also pretty much did it on one leg. If he had been healthy during his career it would have been scary.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 7:47 am

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Have to agree with you money.  Hard for me to be impartial since I am a homer, but what he has done and how he has played over his career shows that he is the best of all time.  As far as hisleadership, he had one of the best of those to watch and learn from as well.  Tough to find a better captain than Stevie Y.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 7:44 am

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

I dunno Moneybags, Nick is good, really good... but better than Orr? Not!

Orr changed the game, opening it up for players like Bourque, Gonchar and Lidstrom.  At the time he played, NOBODY played like he did.

Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about watching him again....

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:38 am

Lidstrom extends career at least one more game

Ray Bourque, a foraward playing defense.  Bobby Orr, a forward playing defense and only played 10 years.  Both of these guys were amazing and defensemen we all looked up to growing up.  But end of the day, Lidstrom is the best ever.  Plays both ways AMAZING and does it all as a leader.  Tonight is just another example of his dominance and he is in his 40's!!!

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