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NHL All-Star skills contest participants chosen

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Here’s the lineup for the six events in the NHL’s Super Skills contest Saturday at the RBC Center.

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater -- Order determined on the ice

Team Staal Team Lidstrom
*Michael Grabner – New York Islanders Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Green – Washington Capitals *Taylor Hall – Edmonton Oilers
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Marc Staal – New York Rangers Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins Keith Yandle – Phoenix Coyotes

The event will consist of six preliminary races with two players skating at one time taking one lap of the ice; the players from each team with the fastest time for their team will then meet in one final match race. One of the races will be between two players skating backwards.

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BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge

Team Staal Team Lidstrom
*P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens *Evgeny Dadonov – Florida Panthers

Corey Perry – Ducks Anze Kopitar – Kings

Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks

The Breakaway Challenge was won by Ovechkin in each of the first two years. A test of the amount of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, fans in-arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will be able to vote for their favorite player by texting the number that corresponds to the player of their choice to 81812. Each skater will attempt four shots – with no limits. Shooters can start their attempt from anywhere with full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. The shooter with the highest fan vote will score four points for his team, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.

McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting - Order determined on the ice

Team Staal Team Lidstrom
Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets Brad Richards – Dallas Stars
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
*Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks *Derek Stepan – New York Rangers
Passer: Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks Passer: Nicklas Lidstrom – Red Wings
Passer: Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche Passer: Danny Briere – Phila. Flyers

From 25 feet in front of the net, shooters take aim at four foam targets attached to the inner side of the goalposts. The objective is to hit all of the targets in the fastest time. A total of eight points are available. The winner of each match scores one point. The players with the fastest time from each team will go head-to-head in the final round for the title of the NHL’s most accurate shooter and two additional team points.

G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay

Team Staal Team Lidstrom
Group 1 Group 1
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit Red Wings
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes Brad Richards – Dallas Stars
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators *Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Phoenix Coyotes
Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
*Tyler Ennis – Buffalo Sabres Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks

Group 2 Group 2
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Mike Green – Washington Capitals Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers
Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils Keith Yandle – Phoenix Coyotes
*Jamie McBain – Carolina Hurricanes Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
David Backes – St. Louis Blues Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild
Marc Staal – New York Rangers *Kevin Shattenkirk – Colorado Avalanche
Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes Danny Briere – Philadelphia Flyers

This new event is an all-around competition that will showcase the one-timer, passing, puck control, stick-handling and accuracy shooting in four exciting relays. In the one-timer event, three shooters (with the assistance of one passer) must score three goals over an eight inch barrier; in the passing event, one passer must complete a pass into each of the six nets set up around the rink; in the puck control event, one skater will skate through a series of cones while keeping possession of the puck; in the stick handling event, one skater will control the puck through a series of obstacles; and in the accuracy shooting event, one player will take aim at four targets. Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill in this timed relay event worth a total of eight points. The group with the fastest time will score four points, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.


XM NHL Hardest Shot - Order determined on the ice

Team Staal Team Lidstrom
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins Anze Kopitar – Kings
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
David Backes – St. Louis Blues Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers
*Tyler Seguin – Boston Bruins Brent Burns - Minnesota Wild
Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks *Cam Fowler – Ducks

Bruins blueliner Zdeno Chara won this competition for the third straight time in 2009 with a blast of 105.4 miles per hour--breaking the record previously set in 1993 by Al Iafrate. The event returns this year with six head-to-head matches. Two players will square off in each round, valued at one point each. The highest recorded shot (by radar in mph) will earn one point for his team. The players from each team with the hardest single shot will meet in a final match, with two points scored to the winner, to determine the NHL’s hardest shooter.

Discover NHL Elimination Shootout

The battle between Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will be ultimately decided as all of the All-Stars and Rookies compete in the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout, a time-honored game of “hockey survivor.” Shooters who score will move on to the next round in the shootout, with the All-Star goalies rotating after every third shooter. Rounds of the shootout will continue until only one player scores and the other(s) don’t; the last scoring shooter wins. Every goal scored will count as one point for his team.

-- Helene Elliott in Raleigh, N.C.


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