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Lidstrom reaches 1,000-point mark in Wings' win @NHLdotcom

Nicklas Lidstrom owns another milestone. The Detroit Red Wings own a much-needed win.

Lidstrom became the first European-born defenseman to reach 1,000 points by setting up two goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Thursday night.

Lidstrom had only one point, a goal, in Detroit's first five games. But he assisted on Tomas Holmstrom's power-play goal at 8:47 of the second period that gave the Wings a 2-1 lead. The Wings' captain reached the milestone 3:24 into the third when Henrik Zetterberg won a draw back to him at the left point, then tipped his slap pass behind Jonathan Quick.

The fans at Joe Louis Arena gave Lidstrom a long standing ovation, continuing to applaud through a TV timeout as the 39-year-old smiled and waved from the bench.

"It's a great feeling when the fans give you that kind of response," he said during a postgame interview with FSN Detroit.

The 18-year NHL veteran is eighth on the list of all-time NHL defensive scorers, trailing only Ray Bourque (1,579), Paul Coffey (1,531), Al MacInnis (1,274), Phil Housley (1,232), Larry Murphy (1,216), Denis Potvin (1,052) and Brian Leetch (1,028). He's the 74th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark and only the second Swede -- Mats Sundin had 1,349.

"It feels great to finally reach it," he told FSN Detroit. "It's been a few games since I had points and people were talking about it. It felt great to do it here at home as well."

Lidstrom, who has 229 goals and 771 assists, has scored more points than any other defenseman who's ever worn the Winged Wheel and ranks fourth among all scorers in team history. He reached 1,000 points in 1,336 games -- Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Steve Yzerman are the only other Detroit players to get to 1,000 points.

"1,000 points -- he's obviously a spectacular player and has been for a long time," coach Mike Babcock said. "For a d-man to reach that kind of milestone is very special."

Goaltender Chris Osgood, who's spent most of his career playing behind Lidstrom, said the 1,000 points are a tribute to his consistency.

''It's a huge accomplishment, 1,000 points, but he's done it over his whole career,'' Osgood said. ''So it's something you can't really be surprised about. It's consistency over a long period of time.''

After Zetterberg's first goal of the season gave Detroit a two-goal lead, ex-Wing Justin Williams tipped Sean O'Donnell's point shot past Osgood with 8:03 remaining to make it 3-2. But Kirk Maltby blasted a loose puck past Quick from the slot with 5:17 remaining to give Detroit some breathing room. Brian Rafalski added an empty-netter with 13 seconds left for the final margin.

The win evened Detroit's record at 3-3-0. The Wings are 3-0-0 at Joe Louis Arena.

It was also a good rebound effort after a 6-2 beating in Buffalo on Tuesday.

''I thought we were tentative at the start, which I expected,'' Babcock said. ''Anytime you get beat the way we got beat last game, confidence isn't huge and it took us a while to get playing. I thought we got some good goaltending early and then we got playing and just got better and stronger as the night went on.''

Los Angeles, which won four of its first five games, lost for the second time in as many nights. The Kings were beaten 4-2 at New York on Wednesday.

''Tonight we didn't have the consistency shift after shift,'' captain Dustin Brown said.
Brown gave the Kings an early lead when he raced down the right side, broke past the defense and beat Osgood with a backhander 5:41 into the game for his first of the season. Jonathan Ericsson tied it by beating Quick at 3:33 into the second.

''They capitalized on a their power-play and a couple of costly mistakes,'' Quick said. ''You play a team like that, you've got to limit your mistakes."

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