Lidström breaks NHL 1,000 point milestone

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Lidström breaks NHL 1,000 point milestone

Swedish hockey player Nicklas Lidström made NHL history on Thursday when he became the first European defender and only the eighth defender overall to reach 1,000 points..


"It feels great," said Lidström, who assisted in two goals in Detroit's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

"Especially doing it here at home before fans. It was great to reach that milestone here tonight. I thought we played real well, too, once we got our legs," Lidström added.

"We did a much better job in our own zone."

The Swedish star has 229 goals and 771 assists in 1,336 career games.

Jonathan Ericsson and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist apiece. Tomas Holmström, Kirk Maltby and Brian Rafalski also scored, and Chris Osgood made 24 saves for Detroit.

Dustin Brown and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots.

Lidström set up Holmström's tip-in during a second-period power play, and then fired a shot during four-on-four play in the third period that Zetterberg redirected past Quick.

Lidström helped Detroit go 5-for-5 on penalty kills. Osgood said Lidström was just doing what he has always done in his 17 NHL seasons.

"He was his steady self," Osgood said. "He's done it his whole career. He's just been consistent over a long, long time. He just makes us a lot better."

The 39-year-old Lidström has played all 1,336 of his NHL games for Detroit.


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