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Heatley's return good for Thrashers, NHL

If a hockey game can mean something more than the sum of its parts, then surely this 1-1 tie between the Blues and the Thrashers was such a game.

Updated: January 29, 2004, 12:14 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- If a hockey game can mean something more than the sum of its sometimes uneven, sloppy parts, then surely this 1-1 tie between the St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers was such a game.

And if that is so, then Wednesday's game was a significant moment for a young man with a terrible burden, a young man named Dany Heatley who honored a fallen friend in the only way he knows, perhaps in the finest way there is, by playing the game they both loved.

"I just think of him ...

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