There’s been speculation that Nicklas Lidstrom, at 41, might call it a career after this season.
But we won’t get the answer to those questions until the Detroit’s season is over.
Last night the future Hall-of-Fame defenseman postponed any decisions or announcements with a two-goal performance in the Red Wings’ survival victory, 4-3, over San Jose in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the squads.
Although the Wings allowed the Sharks to rally from 3-0 down to tie the game, Lidstrom’s goals were a huge factor in calming his teammates, who were facing elimination. Lidstrom is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press summed up Lidstrom’s contributions like this:
For all the skill they have on their team, no one settles them better, no one is so consistently good all the time. He leads his teammates with four goals in the playoffs, a plus-6 rating, and is second with seven points.
The odds are against the Wings pulled a full “Philadelphia 2010” on the Sharks. At least Lidstrom gets to skate another day in a Detroit sweater, even if the Wings’ season is headed toward an inevitable early end.
Honorable mention: Darren Helm (GWG 1:27 left) and Todd Bertuzzi (1-1-2) of Detroit; Ryan Clowe (3 assists) and Logan Couture (1-1-2) of San Jose; Milan Lucic (2 goals), Johnny Boychuk (GWG 2:42 into 3rd) and Tim Thomas (22-for-23 saves).
Last night’s scores
Boston 5, Philadelphia 1
Detroit 4, San Jose 3
Nashville at Vancouver, 8