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For Chris Kreider and Mat Barzal, NHL All-Star Game is top shelf experience

Mathew Barzal of the Islanders skates against Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers in the game between Metropolitan Division and Atlantic Division during the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on January 25, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

ST. LOUIS — It was over too quickly for either of their tastes — just two, 10-minute periods for Mathew Barzal and Chris Kreider, who were eliminated along with the rest of the Metropolitan Division in Saturday night’s NHL All-Star Game.

But while Kreider — 28 and playing in his first All-Star Game — lamented the fact that he was dressed in a suit, while the rest of the league’s All Stars still played behind him, he acknowledged that this long-held dream was everything he could have hoped for.