Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings at Age 40: Still Pretty Damn Good

April 29th, 2010 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
They say Nick Lidstrom isn’t the defenseman that he once was. He’s not as sharp; maybe he has lost a step.

That’s OK. Lidstrom can lose three or four steps, as far as I’m concerned. His stick is still in its mid-20s.

It’s laughable, anyway, to accuse Lidstrom, the Red Wings’ Hall of Fame defenseman, of losing a step. That’s like crabbing that the Leaning Tower of Pisa has dropped another centimeter.

Speed and “steps” were never part of Lidstrom’s game. You don’t have to be blazing of foot to launch howitzers from the blue line. Or to look at the game as a bunch of angles, as Lidstrom does.

The Red Wings are in the second round of the playoffs because players like Lidstrom raised their game to a level that couldn’t be matched by the Phoenix Coyotes in a Game Seven.

The Red Wings turned the drama of a Game Seven into slapstick hockey. It was like tuning in expecting to see “Gone With the Wind” and getting "The Little Rascals" instead.

6-1, the Red Wings won. Lidstrom had a couple of goals, an assist, and h ...

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