Messier scores, gets record 14th All-Star assist
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They call Minnesota "the State of Hockey," and, fittingly, the NHL's All-Star Game there reflected the state of its hockey, too. The trend to defense has spread even to the sport's showcase game.
In a relatively low-scoring game befitting what is jokingly called hockey's dead-puck era, 43-year-old Mark Messier turned back the clock and Joe Sakic scored three goals, but the goalies dominated in the Eastern Conference's 6-4 victory Sunday over the Western Conference.
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