Nick Lidstrom got his first career hat trick tonight, along with an assist, in a 5-2 win over the Blues...
Is this how an "old" defenseman is supposed to be playing in the "decline" of his career?
You got a free one of these:
A man can dream....
So glad there is a picture of this. I was having too much fun laughing at it at the game to pull out my camera.
So happy for Lidstrom, one of my all time favorite Wings, just an great player with outstanding class.
I'm from Chicago and a Blackhawk fan. However, Lidstrom is everything that is right with hockey. He's a class act that goes out and does his job ridiculously well year in and year out. My hat is off to Mr. Lidstrom. For my money, he's the best I've ever seen at the position.
inb4 someone says Orr when they never actually saw him play.
Your statement is still correct "the best I've ever seen". Orr was great, but he was a different era. Sad for me to hear kids talking about how Ovechkin and Crosby are the best ever, and when I say "Gretzky?" they have to take a moment to remember who I'm talking about.
HE'S THE BEST EVER
... see Bobby Orr.
If you're too young to remember Orr, then nevermind.
... but I think he was referencing this:
I dont know why this surprises me but it does. I would've guessed he had several by this time in his career.
I would have thought that too. Anyone know how many 2 goal games he had? That would probably be an interesting stat to check out.
that said he was like 5th among active players without a hatty (Pav is 2nd).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Pav had a hat trick in the playoffs, perhaps even last year. I guess they don't count them there postseason hat tricks.
Correction (or affirmation). I was beaten to this fact lower in the thread. Pays to be thorough and read the whole damn thing before commenting...
But to no avail. However, I did find out that it took him 1,441 games to record his first hat trick. That's nuts, but what's even more amazing is that he's such an amazing player that no one even noticed all that time or thought that it made him any less of a player. Good for the ol' Captain.
19, he had the fifth most two goal games without a hat-trick among active players.
My first reaction to seeing the thread title was "How is this his first?!?"
It isn't really all that surprising. I mean the guy is a defenseman. He has only scored 20 goals over an entire season once. He has never been about gaudy statistics...he just does everything right. I am sure if his team needed him to take on the role of a scoring defenseman, he could have done it. However, the wings just need him to be a leader, puck mover, shut-down d' man, and power play quarterback.
I am sure if his team needed him to take on the role of a scoring defenseman, he could have done it.
the wings just need him to be a leader, puck mover, shut-down d' man, and power play quarterback.
He is the #6 scoring defenseman in the HISTORY of the game. He lead all Dmen in scoring 4 times, 2nd 3 times, 3rd 3 times, another top 5 and a couple top 10s. He currently sits 3rd at 40 years old. You can argue all you want wether the Wings "needed" him to fill that role, but you can't argue that he did in fact do it.
As for your last point.... yes, they JUST need him to be that... in other words the perfect defenseman.
Yes. I am not saying that he isn't good by any means. Quite the contrary. He is about as perfect of a defensemen as humanly possible! The guy has done everything asked of him for almost 20 years (after being a 3rd round draft pick!). I was also not saying that he doesn't put up any numbers, I was just mentioning his goal totals are not CRAZY and it isn't all that surprising that he hasn't had a hat trick in his amazing career. I was saying "scoring defenseman" as in goal-scoring. You used "scoring defenseman" as in point-scoring.
If the wings needed him to score 30 goals a year (a.k.a. Mike Green) while reducing his role in the aspects I described above, then I have no doubt he could serve that role. Especially in the late '90's.
Too bad Plutarch isn't around anymore to document Lidstrom in his "Lives" series.
I've been watching Lidstrom for nearly two decades. I've seen him out of position twice, and I've seen him mishandle a dozen pucks in his career. Maybe.
He's the Anti-Favre: stay healthy, stay humble, do your job, do the little things right, play it by the book, and dominate kids half your age.
Didn't imagine he had many "firsts" left at his age.
Now we just have to get Pavel one (in the regular season)!
This one is surprising. A guy with his talent, in his 9th year in the league and typically scores in the neighborhood of 30 goals a year would usually have a hat trick (in the regular season) under his belt.
I mean, I know he's a defenseman, but I can't believe he hadn't gotten one at SOME point.
I'm glad I wore my Lidstrom T-shirt tonight!!!
Seriously a day after a huge feature on ESPN he goes and gets his first hat trick ever at the tender age of 40? About the only thing he hadn't done in his career.
Bravo, sir. Bravo.