Lidstrom Leads a Winner
Byline: Ira Podell AP Hockey Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nicklas Lidstrom limited his all-star losses to a flip of the puck and the skills competition.
The game was all his.
Unfazed by having to pick second in the inaugural NHL all-star fantasy draft, the Detroit Red Wings defenseman built and went on to lead another winning team -- though this was the first one named after him.
The four-time Stanley Cup champion and six-time winner of the Norris Trophy, given to the league's top defenseman, was a plus-7 as he captained Team Lidstrom to an 11-10 victory over Team Staal in the All-Star Game on Sunday night.
"It's a matter of being on the ice at the right moments, I guess," the understated Lidstrom said of his performance. "They won the skills (Saturday), so I think we kind of came out even."
Eric Staal had the No. 1 pick in the fantasy draft on Friday, the unconditional support of his hometown Carolina Hurricanes fans behind him, and a 4-goal lead in the first period.
Still, it wasn't enough to beat one of the NHL's greatest winners.
"Pretty good night for Nicklas Lidstrom," Staal said. "It's fun to get to know him a little bit more ... just doing this whole experience for the first time with him. He played a great game as you can tell by the stats."
Danny Briere, Jonathan Toews and Martin St. Louis scored during a four-minute span of the third period to lift Team Lidstrom.
Another Team Lidstrom defenseman, Shea Weber of Nashville, had 4 assists and was plus-6, and Dallas forward Loui Eriksson had 2 goals and 2 assists. …