Lidstrom a Norris finalist

DETROIT — Despite finishing on the wrong side of the plus/minus category for the first time in his long career, Nicklas Lidstrom was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

It’s the 11th time in the past 13 seasons he has been named a finalist.

He has won the award six times, placed second three times and third once.

“When you play alongside him you get so spoiled,” Niklas Kronwall said. “Those few games I missed there I got a chance to see it from the outside and it really is ridiculous what he does out there every game. I don’t see anybody else getting it. There are a lot of other good defensemen, but they’re in a different league than he is.”

Lidstrom ranked second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 62 points this season and was one of jus two Wings to play all 82 regular season games.

Also this season, he had a career-best 11-game point streak.

Lidstrom turns 41 on Thursday.

Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber are the other finalists.

As Detroit’s captain, Lidstrom led the Red Wings to a 20th consecutive postseason berth and their 14th division title since he was drafted in 1989.

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