Subban channels Jagr to win breakaway challenge

Saturday, 01.30.2016 / 10:56 PM
Mike Battaglino  - Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens -- with an assist to Jaromir Jagr -- won the Honda Breakaway Challenge at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

The winner was decided by fans voting on Twitter. Subban got 31 percent of the vote; narrowly defeating Brent Burns, who wore a Chewbacca mask on his second attempt, of the San Jose Sharks, who had 28 percent.

On Subban's second attempt, he dressed in a Jagr No. 68 Panthers jersey, complete with the mullet wig, but did not score on Pekka Rinne.

"He's got great hair; he's a good-looking guy, that's where it starts," Subban said. "He's had a great career and obviously he's one of the best players of all time ... this is probably as close as I'll get to him."

"I have to give the trainers credit; they found this wig, they spray-painted it, they had to dig up a Jofa [helmet], there were some referee pants lying around. It's a tribute to Jagr and the great career that he's had so far."

Burns -- and his 4-year-old son Jagger -- were the favorites among those in the arena.

On Burns' first attempt, he was joined by Jagger, and Sharks teammate Joe Pavelski and his son Nathan. As Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo staged a mock argument in the net to leave it empty, Jagger scored, then did a celebratory dance and fist-bumped all of the all-stars as he skated by in his Lil Burns 88 jersey.

Each skater -- Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets; James Neal of the Nashville Predators; Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals; Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche; Subban and Burns -- was given two attempts.

Among the highlights were Duchene throwing a cowboy hat into the stands; Rinne using a guitar given to him by country singer Dierks Bentley as a goalie stick; and Neal passing to Bentley, who scored on his shot.

Rinne of the hometown Nashville Predators replaced announced goalie Jonathan Quick of the Los Angles Kings, pleasing the crowd.

Shooters were allowed to start from anywhere in the neutral zone and could use the entire offensive zone, including behind the net (regular-season shootout rules did not apply).

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