By Amanda DiPaolo
The skills competition was a big hit Saturday night at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Hardest Shot competition was the main event for Nashville Predators fans where Captain Shea Weber came second to Zdeno Chara in 2009, the last time there was an NHL All-Star game.
Two players go head-to-head and then the two players with the top two hardest shots go against each other to see who has the hardest shot in the NHL.
Weber was pitted against Chara and in the first round beat Chara with a 104.8 mph shot. Chara was shooting in the 101 mph range.
When each shooter that was competing for Team Staal and Team Lidstrom was done, it was again down to Chara and Weber.
Chara would not be denied and in fact broke his own record set in 2009 with a shot that registered at 105.9 mph.
The other results of the skill competition were as follows:
NHL’s Fastest Skater
Duncan Keith vs Kris Letang
Mike Grabner vs. Taylor Hall
Tim Thomas vs. Cam Ward
Winner: Cam Ward. Thomas fell, so it is unclear if the result would have been different had been able to stay on his skates.
Martin St. Louis vs. Ryan Kessler
Winner: St. Louis
Steven Stamkos vs. Mike Green
Matt Duchene vs. Marc Staal
Grabner and Hall faced each other again for the title of fastest skater and again Grabner won.
The fans were the ones who selected the winner of this challenge, so Team Lidstrom lost before the event even got underway.
Ovechkin was voted the winner.
Highlights of the competition included PK Subban wearing Jeff Skinner’s jersey and received a standing ovation. Marc-Andre Fleury tried distracting Ovechkin by doing jumping jacks while he waited for the skater to make his way down the ice. Loui Eriksson had the most fun goal of the night when he went behind the net twice and kept possession of the puck until Carey Price made a move. awesome.
Kessler vs Richards — Kessler in 9.6 seconds
Stepan vs. Couture — Couture 12.4
Sharp vs. Toews — Sharp 9.7
A do-over was needed. Toews didn’t hear the whistle.
Sharp vs. Toews Part II — Toews in 8.8 seconds. Fans booed.
Nash vs. Kessel — Nash 17.9 (yikes boys)
Staal vs. Kane — 8.7 Kane wins it.
D. Sedin vs. Havlat — 7.3 Sedin got it four for four!
Sedin vs. Kane went head to head to see who would win the title of the most accurate shot. Sedin hit all four targets first, beating Kane in 8.9 seconds.
Corey Perry and Martin St. Louis were the final two shooters. Perry out lasted St. Louis.
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