Nicklas Lidstrom

Stars from the past wow NHL standouts

Stars from the past wow NHL standouts

It was as if all their hockey cards had come to life, that the faces on posters that had lined the walls of NHL All Stars’ childhood bedrooms were smiling at them again, this time for real, Sunday at Staples Center.

Making a graceful nod to its history, the NHL had brought to the All-Star Game many of the players honored at a gala Friday as the top 100 of the league’s first 100 years. If some of the honorees limped along the black carpet that had been rolled onto the ice before the first of Sunday’s three minigames, if many had grayer hair than in the photos of them displayed on the scoreboard, all basked in the applause from the sellout crowd and seemed to stand taller and smile...

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