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Nicklas Lidstrom wins the 2011 Norris Trophy

Jun 22, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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Nicklas Lidstrom did more than just “belong” in his 19th season in the NHL. He convinced hockey writers that he deserved the 2011 Norris Trophy, the seventh of his illustrious career. Lidstrom is only the third player to receive at least seven Norris Trophies, joining the legendary company of Bobby Orr (eight wins) and Doug Harvey (seven).

He didn’t win it by much, though. Lidstrom beat out Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber 736-727, the closest race since Chris Chelios beat Ray Bourque by five votes to win the 1996 Norris Trophy. The first place voting was also skin-tight: Lidstrom received 35, Weber received 32 and Chara received 33. It was the tightest overall race in the trophy’s history with just 48 points separating Lidstrom and third-place candidate Chara.

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  1. warpstonebc - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Brutal pick. I love Lidstrom, but this one is a popularity contest award.

    How can you justify a guy with a negative plus/minus over Weber or Chara?

    • zestypickles - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      first of all, +/- is a skewed statistic. Judging defensemen requires a more qualitative approach than forwards. His positioning is impeccable. He never gets beat wide, flat out.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:12 AM

        Right, that would make sense in a vacuum where the other candidates were not Weber or Chara.

        Plus/minus is skewed in a small sample. But given the course of a season, a Norris winner should NOT be a -2 player.

        Two better options were passed up because a bunch of voters didn’t know Lidstrom was still going to play another year.

  2. scapistron - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Even if you think it is skewed, do you think it is so poor that a 30+ difference doesn’t mean anything?

    • lloydcarr1997 - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      If Lidstrom had Tim Thomas behind him he would of been a lot closer to +30 then -2

  3. bobwsc - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    what the +/- says is that they were basically better when he was not on the ice. this is like a Derek Jeter gold glove. spin it how you want, but what a sham.

  4. scapistron - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Perhaps Thomas would not look like Thomas without Chara in front of him?

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