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Lidstrom Edges Chara To Win Norris Trophy At NHL Awards

By Oskar Garcia, Associated Press
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings accepts the James Norris Memorial Trophy during the 2011 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 22: Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings accepts the James Norris Memorial Trophy during the 2011 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – After a two-year break, Nicklas Lidstrom is the NHL’s top defenseman again.

The Detroit Red Wings star won the Norris Trophy on Wednesday night for the seventh time in his 19-season NHL career. Lidstrom tied Doug Harvey as a seven-time winner, one behind record-holder Bobby Orr.

Lidstrom beat Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Lidstrom captured the award three straight times from 2001-03 and then added another hat trick from 2006-08. His second run was stopped by Chara, who has been a finalist three of the past four seasons.

Lidstrom was second in the league among defensemen with 62 points, including 16 goals. He was third among defensemen in assists.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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