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Nicklas Lidstrom's consecutive-games streak ended at 213 on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings captain sat out against the Montreal Canadiens because of the flu.
The 41-year-old defenseman practiced with his teammates earlier Wednesday, but was unable to play in the NHL's last game before the All-Star break.
Lidstrom, an 11-time participant in the All-Star game, wasn't picked for this year's festivities in Ottawa by request. He and veteran Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne asked to passed over so they can spend this weekend with their families.
Mike Commodore went into the lineup against the Canadiens in place of Lidstrom, who had the Red Wings' longest current streak.
Alex Delvecchio holds the club record of 548 consecutive games.
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via NHL.com, NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand...
As expected, it wasn't "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." But Wednesday's "NHL 36" took a nice behind-the-scenes look at Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom. The show's cameras followed him for 36 hours last week, when the Wings had two games in two nights, including a trip to Dallas after the first game. We got glimpses of:
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