During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for May 22nd, featuring Nicklas Lidstrom.
Today in Hockey History
Nicklas Lidstrom Plays in 228th Straight Playoff Game
2009: The Detroit Red Wings defenceman sets a post-season record by playing in his 228th straight game. Lidstrom breaks the record held by Hall of Famer Larry Robinson, who played from 1973-92. Detroit loses to the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in overtime in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.
The future Hall of Famer would finish with 263 post-season games before he retires. Teammate Chris Chelios would end up with the record of 266 playoff games. Lidstrom would finish his career with four Stanley Cups before retiring in 2012.
Other Notable Events
1970: The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks are officially granted franchises to grow the league to 14 teams. Both teams are placed in the East Division and Chicago is moved out West.
1992: Chicago makes its first final since 1973 with a 5-1 Game 4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Brian Noonan scores twice as the Blackhawks win their 11th straight game.
2002: Dominik Hasek is the first goalie to be credited with an overtime post-season assist. Hasek is the secondary assist on Fredrik Olausson‘s goal in a 2-1 Game 3 win for Detroit over the Colorado Avalanche.