Flu ends Nicklas Lidstrom's streak

MONTREAL -- Nicklas Lidstrom's consecutive-games streak ended at 213 on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings captain sat out against the Montreal Canadiens because of the flu.

The 41-year-old defenseman practiced with his teammates earlier Wednesday, but was unable to play in the NHL's last game before the All-Star break.

Lidstrom, an 11-time participant in the All-Star Game, wasn't picked for this year's festivities in Ottawa by request. He and veteran Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne asked to passed over so they can spend this weekend with their families.

Mike Commodore went into the lineup against the Canadiens in place of Lidstrom, who had the Red Wings' longest current streak.

Alex Delvecchio holds the club record of 548 consecutive games.