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NHL sets higher bar with latest Classic

Updated: January 2, 2010, 2:48 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- For Mark Recchi, it was the stealth bomber swooping in over the Fenway Park crowd.

For Marco Sturm, it was his son wanting to stay on the ice at the family skate the day before the Winter Classic.

For Tim Thomas, a kid who grew up playing baseball, it was stepping out of the Boston Red Sox dugout and seeing the seats in which he often sits himself filled to watch a hockey game.

And on it goes.

Maybe it was James Taylor's lyrical version ...

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