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      Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey

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      The Detroit Red Wings have retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey.

      Lidstrom was honored Thursday night before Detroit hosted the Colorado Avalanche. A red banner - with his last name and number in white - was raised to the rafters to end the pregame ceremony.

      The storied franchise previously retired six jerseys: Gordie Howe's No. 9, Steve Yzerman's No. 19, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuk's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12.

      Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season - his 20th with the Red Wings. He won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman.

      The Swede played in 1,564 games - the most by someone who was on only one NHL team - and could still be making millions in the league.