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Seeing the Skills

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 8:18 PM

By Andrew Montag - NHL.com Fan Blogger / Road Trip to Raleigh

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Road Trip to Raleigh
Seeing the Skills
The first event, the Bridgestone Fastest Skater competition was highlighted by the race of the goaltenders. If it wasn't for Tim Thomas' slip, it would have been a much closer race. But there's no doubting Cam Ward looked eerily similar to Apollo Anton Ohno out there. That race was undoubtedly the fan favorite.

In the next event, the BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge, PK Subban had the hopes of winning over the Carolina faithful by wearing the jersey of Hurricane teen idol Jeff Skinner. This was indeed good for second place, but Alex Ovechkin once again stole the show in completely the three-peat of the breakaway challenge. So far, I'm 1-1 on my predictions!

In the third event, we got to witness the top players in the world, literally, shoot the lights out. The marquis match-up was certainly Patrick Kane against fan favorite and hometown captain, Eric Staal. Kane was flawless in winning the duel. However, the best individual performance was delivered by Henrik Sedin who went 4-4 in the accuracy contest, bringing a roar around the RBC Center.
Quote of the Day

There's standards that this team is going to play to and there are expectations. We're going to hold these guys accountable to high standards.

— Coach Dave Lowry on Canada's junior team, the defending IIHF World Junior champions