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Colorado Avalanche's All-Star trio shares a rare connection

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DENVER — The lights went dark ahead of the puck drop in the Avalanche's final game before the All-Star break. A single spotlight found three players standing together near the home bench. A sold-out crowd roared as the trio smiled and waved.

A hockey toast to history made in the Mile High City.

The Avs' top line of center Nathan MacKinnon and wingers Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are competing together at the NHL All-Star festivities this weekend in San Jose. They are the first Colorado trio to earn the honor since Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay made the trip back in 2004.