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Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 9:35 PM

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

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Discover Elimination Shootout
Team Staal entered the final event leading 25-15, but knew it would face the hardest push from Team Lidstrom in the Discover Elimination Shootout, the final event.

The goalies dominated early, as Marc-Andre Fleury and Carey Price stopped the first seven shots before Team Lidstrom's Dustin Byfuglien finally solved Price on the eighth shot. Fleury stopped the first sIx shots he faced before P.K. Subban went under the glove to break the spell. Fleury Finished with seven saves and Price had six after Danny Briere scored on his attempt.

The second set of goalies wasn't as lucky. Team Staal's Corey Perry scored on the first attempt against Jonas Hiller, his Anaheim teammate. Rick Nash also scored against Hiller. Meanwhile, Team Staal goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped the first seven shots he faced, including the League's leading scorer, Steven Stamkos. Marty St. Louis, another Lightning player, snapped the shutout bid.

The third set of goalies got off to a great start when Tim Thomas denied Team Staal's Alex Ovechkin. Hometown goalie Cam Ward allowed Pat Kane to score on the first shot he faced, but responded after that by stopping five of the final seven attempts. Thomas and Ward each allowed three goals.

That means only a dozen players advanced to the second round.

Again, Fleury was on fire. He stopped Subban before Perry fooled him to score -- Fleury tried an ill-advised poke check. Price, meanwhile, opened Round 2 with two saves before St. Louis befuddled him with a forehand-backhand move. Hiller stopped all three shots he faced in the second round, as did Lundqvist.

So it was just Perry and St. Louis in the final round, but Ward stopped St. Louis on his first attempt to make Perry the winner and give Team Staal a 33-22 victory before a pleased crowd at RBC Center.
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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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