Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/20/10 at 09:04 AM ET
from Michael Rosenbeg of the Detroit Free Press,
In June 2002, after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in Scotty Bowman’s final game as coach, Bowman delivered the ultimate compliment to Nicklas Lidstrom.
Lidstrom, Bowman said, “is just about the perfect player on the ice.”
Years from now, that is how hockey people will talk about Lidstrom. He is Joe DiMaggio on skates, on the far end of the spectrum of both skill and intelligence. It’s not just that he is great. It is that he has been just about perfect—in the right place at the right time for almost two decades….
And yet ... well, he had a bad game Sunday. There is no getting around it. Lidstrom was on the ice for three Coyotes goals, and since Lidstrom himself said the Wings hung goalie Jimmy Howard “out to dry” at times, it is fair to say he did some of the hanging.
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