The surprise? Captain Nicklas Lidstrom picked up his first career hat trick in over 1,400 career games played.
Ok, you’re right, not every player achieves a hat trick–in fact most don’t.
It is also true you could argue that some captains are not appointed for their point production, but rather their leadership skills.
But what if your captain happens to possess both? What if he is possibly the most storied and consistent blue liner to ever grace the ice? What if he has 6 Norris Trophies, and has made over 10 all-star teams?
I think that is what makes Lidstrom’s trifecta of goals so special.
Simply put, it was the one thing we HADN’T seen from him.
Through all the takeaways, all the poke checks, all the memorable hits, the goals, the passes, and the Stanley cups–we had never seen a three goal game.
With the feat out of they way, I beg to ask the question: What is left for him to achieve?
I’m sure he would tell you himself it is bringing a 12th Stanley Cup to Hockeytown.
It is a great time to be a Wings fan people, as it has been for 20 years now.