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Stanley Cup Final

G Series Skills Challenge Relay

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 8:17 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / Blogging the Honda SuperSkills

Team Staal opened the brand-new G Series Skills Relay Competition with a time of 2:18. Boston's Zdeno Chara, Carolina's Eric Staal and Vancouver's Daniel Sedin did the one-timers before San Jose's Dan Boyle served as the passing expert at center ice. Then it was Buffalo's Tyler Ennis doing the stickhandling relay before Paul Stastny did the puck-possession relay. Corey Perry finished with the accuracy shooting portion.

Team Staal's initial time did not stand long, as Team Lidstrom's first team beat it by nine seconds, thanks in part to Chicago's Jonathan Toews, who hit the four targets in just five shots to make up some serious time. Nicklas  Lidstrom, Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson did the one-timers before Henrik Sedin did the passing and Martin St. Louis and Matt Duchene handled the relays.

Team Staal couldn't beat that time with its second team, which finished with a time of 2:30 when problems with one-timers from Kris Letang, Mike Green and Claude Giroux, who hit three posts, got the attempt off to a slow start

Team Lidstrom could not make up significant ground, however, when its second entry struggled in the relay portions to finish with a time of 2:33 and end up in third place. With five points in the event, Team Lidstrom now trails by 10 points, 21-11.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory