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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80