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09-01-2013, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by silkyjohnson50 View Post
The few posters suggesting that Lidstrom didn't have any qualities that stuck out from his peers clearly don't understand why he was so good.

Lidstrom's stick was easily the best of his generation and could probably be argued as the greatest of all time. Being in position is one thing. Actually intercepting, deflecting, and knocking down passes is another.
More myth than fact.

In addition, Lidstrom handled the puck as clean as any defencemen that I've ever seen. He was machine like in his ability to catch and throw passes tape to tape. Try to find footage of Lidstrom bobbling the puck or flubbing a pass. He was automatic. He was so clean and calm with the puck that he played a mistake free game. That's a huge reason why he was so consistent night in and night out.
This was Lidstrom's hallmark -- especially post 2003, IMO. Calm. Grace under pressure. Made things look easier than they were. He was a very efficient hockey player.

Earlier in his career Lidstrom had the wheels to join the rush.

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