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Nick Lidstrom Through the Years

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Though his final season was plagued by a bruised ankle that cost him 11 games and ended by a disappointing first-round playoff ouster by the Nashville Predators, the highlights included the Red Wings' league-record 23-game home winning streak and Lidstrom finishing among the NHL's leading defensemen with 34 points and a plus-21 rating. "Retiring today allows me to walk away with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me," Lidstrom said at his farewell press conference. Without doubt, he left as the finest defenseman of his era.

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