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Only a few short months ago, the Los Angeles Kings faced an uphill battle to even make the playoffs. They couldn’t score (they finished second to last in goals-scored), and their hope was fading. They traded for Jeff Carter to remedy the problem, but they were still running out of time. They were the last team in, now they are the last team standing.
For the first time in their history, LA is King of the NHL.
Today, the Motor City lost a piece of it’s history. Don’t worry, the auto industry hasn’t been out-sourced. The Tigers are still on the prowl. Instead, iconic defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has announced his retirement.
“Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me,” Lidstrom said.
His illustrious 20-year career will see him go down as one of the games absolute best. Nicknamed “The Perfect Human,” he was perhaps even more than that. The perfect teammate, the perfect captain, the perfect ambassador, the perfect man to have patrolling your blueline for two decades.
This series has all the makings of a classic. A legendary goaltender looking for one last run at glory. A youngster looking to dethrone the mighty Brodeur. Dynamic and exciting superstars. Excitement. And of course controversy.
The people that now find themselves on the outside looking in are livid. Late and illegal hits (according to Phoenix)are dogging the Coyotes. Bad officiating and supposed dives have the Rangers feeling blue. Alas, the time to gripe is over. Once again it is time for some hockey.