Detroit Red Wings Dilemma : Should this be Nicklas Lidstrom’s Last Season?

November 20th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Nov. 12, 2000. Anaheim, CA.

On our way to a (then, Mighty) Ducks-Red Wings game, my friend and I engage in a discussion about who the best players on either team are.

Halfway into the conversation, he mentions "Lidstrom" and "overrated" in the same sentence.

After threatening him with physical violence should he ever string these two words together again, we move on to other subjects.

We had good seats that day.

Just this side of home ice, about six rows back from the glass.

During the second period, Paul Kariya builds up a head of steam in his own end and starts busting down the right side with the puck.

He ditches a poke check from Sergei Fedorov at the red line.

He makes a move to the middle in the neutral zone.

He's now flying towards Detroit's zone.

Lidstrom skates laterally across the blue-line.

In one motion, he bends his knees, moves his hips slightly, extends his stick, and sweeps the puck away from Paul Kariya, who's going about 25 MPH.

Kariya puts on the breaks and tries to recover.

Lidstrom is already out of the zone ...

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