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 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.