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by Paul on 04/20/12 at 01:20 PM ET
from Kevin Allen of Rink Rap at USA TODAY,
Last year, when the Detroit Red Wings were facing elimination in the playoffs, there were numerous stories about whether it would it would be Lidstrom’s last game.
My take back then was that Lidstrom fans shouldn’t worry because it seemed clear to me that he wasn’t going to retire last summer. He was playing well enough to win the Norris Trophy, and he was having too much fun. When I talked to him, he didn’t seem like an athlete close to retirement.
But the Red Wings face elimination Friday night (8, CNBC), I think it is possible this could be his last game in a Detroit uniform.
Lidstrom has been playing season-to-season for several years, but this is the first time that I believe the possibility that he could retire is real.
At 41, he is still playing at a remarkably high level. He’s still among the league’s top five defensemen. I believe he’s still the NHL’s best one-on-one defender.
Below, check out Lidstrom’s first NHL goal and the second video is probably his most famous goal.
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