Red Wings are done, hoping Lidstrom isn't finished

By Larry Lage

Associated Press

Published: Friday, May 13 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, left, signs an autograph for Red Wings fans after they lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif.

Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are done and the questions have already started.

Detroit's 20th straight postseason ended Thursday night in San Jose, eliminated by the Sharks in the second round for the second straight year.

The Red Wings became the eighth team to force a Game 7 after going down 3-0, but couldn't become the fourth franchise in NHL history to win such a series. They flew home Friday morning.

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom says he plans to take his time before deciding whether to return for a 20th season in Detroit. Red Wings forward and fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg says Lidstrom still has a lot of hockey left to play.

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