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Lidstrom picks up 1,000th career point

Wings' captain is second Swede to hit point plateau

Thursday, 10.15.2009 / 9:54 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Lidstrom picks up 1,000th career point
DETROIT – With two assists on Thursday night, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom became only the second Swede to amass 1,000-points in NHL history.

“It feels great to finally reach it. It’s been a few games and people were talking about it so it felt great to do it at home as well,” Lidstrom said. “It means a lot and something that I’m very proud of and I’m happy to be among the other great players to reach 1,000 points.”

Early in the third period, with the Wings clinging to a one-goal lead, Lidstrom joined former Toronto captain Mats Sundin as the only Swedish-born players to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Lidstrom’s milestone point came on a tip-in goal by follow Swede Henrik Zetterberg, who redirected Lidstrom’s shot from the point that went over the left shoulder of Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. The goal, at 3:24 of the third, gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead en route to a 5-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Career point No. 999 came on a tip in front of the Kings’ crease by Tomas Holmstrom that put the Wings up 2-1 in the second.

On the list of all-time NHL defensive scorers, Lidstrom is currently eighth, joining the exclusive company of 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).

Murphy, who has witnessed Lidstrom's skill and leadership -- both as a teammate (1997-01) and as a TV analyst -- praised him for his consistency.

"He's at the point of his career, because of what he has done to now that it seems with every game he is going to break some sort of record," Murphy said. "It's just the way it is, and rightly so. I mean, Nick Lidstrom is one of the greatest defenseman of all time. He's done it all. The guy that makes the game look so easy, but it's not. Count on him, game in, and game out."

Lidstrom, a Red Wings' third-round pick in 1989, is already the franchise’s all-time leading defensive scorer and ranks fourth among all Wings’ scorers during his 18-year NHL career. He reached the 1,000-point milestone in 1,336 career games.

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 2002, he won another Stanley Cup in 2008 and has won the Norris Trophy six times as the league’s best defenseman. He’s also has a pair of international gold medals, including one from the 2006 Winter Olympics with Sweden.




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89