Bowman, Quinn Meet Again in L.A.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Detroit’s Scotty Bowman and Toronto’s Pat Quinn met for the third time Saturday as opposing coaches in the NHL All-Star game.
Bowman’s World team defeated Quinn’s North America All-Stars 9-4 in the 2000 game in Toronto.
In 1981 at the Forum in Inglewood, Quinn’s Campbell Conference team beat Bowman’s Wales Conference team 4-1.
The Campbell team featured Hall of Famers Mike Bossy, Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky and Denis Potvin.
The Wales team included the vaunted Triple Crown line of Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer of the Los Angeles Kings, along with a promising Boston Bruins defenseman making his first All-Star appearance, Ray Bourque.
Bowman already holds the record for coaching the most All-Star games at 13.
LEMIEUX SHOOTS FOR RECORDS: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux entered the game in close pursuit of two All-Star records belonging to Wayne Gretzky.
Lemieux, 36, needed one goal to tie Gretzky’s mark of 13, and four points to break Gretzky’s career total of 25.
He is easing himself back into full-time action after missing 24 games with a hip injury. He returned to action Jan. 12.
``It’s been a struggle. Feeling good some days, not so good some other days. I guess that comes with age,″ Lemieux said, smiling.
ALL-STARS TO OLYMPIC STARS: Saturday’s game offered a preview of the Winter Olympics, beginning Friday in Salt Lake City.
Twenty-eight NHL players in the All-Star game will represent six countries that have already qualified for the final round of the Olympic hockey tournament.
Canada had the most All-Stars and most Olympians, including Colorado’s Rob Blake, Pittsburgh’s Lemieux and Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan.
Russia had five, including Nikolai Khabibulin, who started in goal for the World team Saturday. The Czech Republic, United States and Sweden had four players each, while Finland had two.
STARS SHINE: What’s an All-Star game in Los Angeles without some star power?
Jewel sang an a capella version of ``The Star-Spangled Banner″ before the game. She was scheduled to perform her current single ``Standing Still″ during the second intermission.
The first intermission was to spotlight John Ondrasik and his Grammy-nominated band Five for Fighting performing their hit ``Superman (It’s Not Easy).″ The group’s name was inspired by Ondrasik’s love of hockey.