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Messier scores, gets record 14th All-Star assist

Updated: February 11, 2004, 11:05 PM ET
Associated Press

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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