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The Next Lidstrom Meets The Original Lidstrom

11/08/2019 at 9:15am EST

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Lidstrom, the Hockey Hall of Famer widely regarded as the best defenseman ever to come out of Sweden, chatted in Swedish with Sabres blueliner Rasmus Dahlin for a few minutes after the team's morning skate prior to its game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Detroit Red Wings legend waited patiently with Swedish broadcast partner Jonatan Lindquist while Dahlin finished an interview, and then the two shook hands for the first time.

"I was shaking. I felt like a child," a smiling Dahlin said after the meeting. "Yeah. That was cool. He's the best of all time. That's the guy."...

Lidstrom is fifth all-time among NHL defensemen in games played (1,564) and sixth in points (1,142). He is the only non-North American in the top 15 in scoring among defensemen.

"I was 21 when I came in. There wasn't the hype," Lidstrom said. "I was a third-rounder. I wasn't ... looked upon as a superstar or a franchise player when I came in. I came in with (Vladimir) Konstantinov, two young defensemen looking at the rebuilding of the Wings.

"It's different times now. Everything with social media and the coverage. People know who you are. It wasn't like that at all when I came in during the early '90s. It's a real different world right now."

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