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Nicklas Lidstrom's 1,500th doesn't go as planned

Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 2:36 pm

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Lidstrom, the venerable blueline for the Detroit Red Wings, took part in his 1,500th game of his career on Saturday night against the Capitals. Of those 1,500, he probably didn't have many like this one.

Taking a 7-1 beating by the Caps can't be how he envisioned this milestone night going, right?

"No, not really, especially after playing game number 1,500," Lidstrom said. "I wanted to end on a better note."

It didn't begin too badly for Lidstrom. He helped the Red Wings get back in the game, albeit momentarily, by assisting on Niklas Kronwall's power-play goal, the only one Detroit was able to get past Tomas Vokoun.

He also had an early recognition from the 111th consecutive sold-out crowd at the Verizon Center -- with many Red Wings fan in attendance -- and the Capitals, which didn't go unnoticed.

"It was nice to see the crowd's reaction, I was happy that the Capitals organization announced it too," Lidstrom said. "Class effort of their bench as well for the standing up and giving me an applause there."

Normally a milestone like 1,500 games is something you want to remember. I'm sure Lidstrom would rather soon forget.

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Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:51 pm

Nicklas Lidstrom's 1,500th doesn't go as planned

What a mile stone for the best D man ever. Congradulations Lidstrom. It will be a very sad day that you retire. I to wished he could have gotten a win but it is what it is. They got beat by a better team tonight. Tomorrow is a brand new day.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:37 pm

Nicklas Lidstrom's 1,500th doesn't go as planned

Another Milestone for the greatest D-man of All-time.  Would have rathered a "W", but expected something like this. Full week off, then a back to back, home and road. Not to mention it is the Caps. No excuse, got spanked. Everyone gets those atleast once a year. When we lose we're Old and when we win we're spry full of energy, lol.

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