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Messier Sets All-Star Game Assists Record

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

ST. PAUL, Minneosta (AP) -- Rangers captain Mark Messier set an NHL All-Star game record today with his 14th career assist by setting up New York Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin's first period goal for the Eastern Conference.

Messier, playing in his 15th NHL All-Star game, broke a tie with Ray Bourque, who had recorded 13 assists in 19 career All-Star games.

The 43-year-old Messier also became the third-oldest player to participate in a NHL All-Star game, trailing only Gordie Howe (50) and Doug Harvey (44).

Messier also tallied a goal on the afternoon, slipping his sixth career All-Star tally past Nashville's Tomas Vokoun, to help lead the East to a 6-4 win over the West.
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