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Seeing the Skills

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 8:18 PM

By Andrew Montag - 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

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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