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Lidstrom nears milestone

by Eric Goodman / Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Lidstrom’s list of career accomplishments read like the resume of someone that is a sure-fire lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. The bevy of NHL awards, Stanley Cup rings and international gold medals are enough to fill up a super-sized trophy case, but, like with all hockey superstars, there is always room for more.

That milestone for the Red Wings defenseman is well within reach as the Swedish-born veteran needs just three points to reach the prestigious 1,000 point club.

Lidstrom is already the Wings’ all-time leading defensive scorer with 997 points in the Red & White and ranks fourth among all Wings scorers during his 18-year career in Detroit. On the list of all-time NHL defensive scorers, Lidstrom is currently eighth. Additionally, Lidstrom’s 80 points in 2005-06 still stands as the single-season record for most points by a Red Wings' defenseman.

As far as the hardware goes, Lidstrom has grabbed more than his share. In addition to being the first European-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy when he helped the Wings to their third Stanley Cup in six seasons in 2001-02, Lidstrom won another Stanley Cup in 2007-08 and has a total of six Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenseman and two international gold medals, including winning the 2006 Olympics with Sweden.

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