Messier, Francis, MacInnis and Stevens team for Legends Classic
Messier showed a burst of the speed when he broke free down the right wing and planted a shot in a top corner of the net in the final minutes, but the Hall of Fame newcomers and their Expansion side teammates fell 12-11 to the Original Six team.
The four new inductees, along with Jim Gregory who goes into the builders' section, were presented with their HHOF blazers by president Bill Hay and former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn during pregame ceremonies.
Claude Lemieux, Steve Shutt and Chris Nilan scored two goals each for the Original Sixers, who also got scoreboard help from members of a Mississauga tyke team who got onto the ice for a few minutes. Glenn Anderson scored four goals for the Expansion team.
"It was a pretty decent pace out there for a bunch of old guys," Original Six winger Mike Gartner said.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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