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Players' paths to All-Star glory

Updated: January 23, 2009, 8:09 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- You'll forgive Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas for getting the feeling that Niklas Backstrom is stalking him around the hockey world.

After they played together years ago in Finland, Backstrom has followed in Thomas' skate prints. After their stint together in Helsinki, Thomas played for a team in the Swedish elite league in Stockholm and Backstrom took over as the starter in Helsinki. When Thomas left Stockholm, Backstrom took his place. Thomas, who had signed with ...

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