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Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills live blog

Saturday, 01.24.2009 / 9:30 PM / 2009 NHL All-Star Game Blog

By Phil Coffey - NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director

Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills live scoring updates

That's a wrap folks.

Thanks for hanging with me. The NHL.com crew is now gathering for material for a whole new slate of stories that will be up on the site as fast as I can get them ready, so please check back for a lot more eloquence that I provided.

Good night. Good hockey

Third round
Jan. 24, 9:23 PM ET

Doan scores again. Nice backhander.

Scott Niedermayer, thanks for playing.

Savard goes 5-hole on Giguere.

Marleau ousted by Thomas, who makes another sprawling save.

Hejduk scores his third.

Getzlaf is now hunting wabbits.

Shane Doan is finally out.

Marc Savard went too wide for too long.

Hejduk denied. New life for Doan and Savard.

Doan misses. Savard denied. Hejduck stopped.

Let's go again.

Doan scores! Hug from his daughter.

Savard beats Thomas. Boston is not liking this.

Hejduk KO'ed

Doan vs. Savard

Beautiful 5-hole goal.

Lundqvist poked the puck from Savard making Doan the winner.


Elimination Shootout, the next generation

A dozen remain.

Shane Doan moves on.

Scott Niedermayer too

Not so much, Sheldon Souray

Thomas sends Chara home. Claude Julien doesn't know what to think.

But Marc Savard scores, so Boston is looking good.

Patrick Marleau stays alive.

Thomas Vanek is out.

Milan Hejduk scores.

Jay Bouwmeester is out

So is Mike Modano.

Getzlaf scores in his orange hunting hat.

Alex Kovalev denied. Nice stop by Thomas.

Lots of memories
Jan. 24, 9:14 PM ET

Yes, this Elimination Shootout brings back sooooo many memories of leaving the rink early. Yes, good times, good times.

Sweet shout by Sheldon Souray. Zdeno Chara used a wrist shot. Good call after scaring the goalies to death with a 105.4 slapper in the hardest shot deal.

Patrick Marleau just made it look easy against Niklas Backstrom. Somewhere, Jacques Lamaire is not amused. But he just stopped Dany Heatley, so Jacques is feeling better.

Rick Nash, we hardly knew ye!

You too Ilya Kovalchuk.

And you too Vincent Lecavalier.

Sweet goal by Thomas Vanek against J-S Giguere.

Nice try by Eric Staal against Tim Thomas, but not nice enough my friend.

Milan Hejduk another sweet goal against Giguere. Mark Streit missed and then fell over a sign. He'll be heading out.

Thomas has been on fire! See ya Brian Campbell.

Dan Boyle … done

Hot shot
Jan. 24, 9:00 PM ET

Zdeno Chara has the hardest shot in record fashion with a 105.4 mph drive that tops the previous record set by Al Iafrate in 1993 when he clocked in at 105.2

Now $24,000 will go to Right To Play as the players, teams, League and Players' Association all chipped in to the prize pot.

Nashville's Shea Weber also had a great shot at 103.4 and Sheldon Souray had one shot at 102.3


Accuracy shootout
Jan. 24, 8:47 PM ET

Evgeni Malkin and Dany Heatley went 4-for-4 in shooting accuracy, and are going to the next round.

Malkin went 3-for-4 and wins when Heatley goes 2-for-4.


Ovechkin wins!
Jan. 24, 8:38 PM ET

As predicted here first gang, Alex "I voted for Stamkos" Ovechkin wins the Breakaway Challenge.  Certainly qualified for the best dressed to be sure.


Catchy tune
Jan. 24, 8:08 PM ET

Watching the YoungStars I also have been writing a song to mark the moment. I call it "Mamma, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be YoungStars Goalie."

Thanks, I'll be here all week. Remember to tip your waiters and bartenders.


YoungStars under way
Jan. 24, 7:56 PM ET

The kids are on the ice, but I'm not going goal by goal on this. I can't type fast enough.

Nice touch having All-Stars like Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk watching the game from the bench.


There's Dan!

That handsome young fella talking to the players as they text their Breakaway Challenge votes is our own Dan Rosen! We would have had him in the competition, but he refused to practice his moves.


Messier delighted
Jan. 24, 7:52 PM ET

NHL.com Editor in Chief Bob Condor just reported in from the press box that Hall of Famer Mark Messier stopped in to watch the Fastest Skater laps and Breakaway Challenge before heading to an appearance on Versus. It was clear he didn't want to miss any of the events.

"They say the game is faster, but nobody can still beat (Mike) Gartner," Messier said of the Fastest Skater.

Messier was eyes-glued-on-ice to the Breakways too. "This is a lot like basketball, the slam dunk contest." He was especially intent on watching Alex Ovechkin. The hat and glasses had Messier roaring and clapping.
 
"If I wore that hat I couldn't do any moves," Mess laughed.


Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge
Jan. 24, 7:46 PM ET

Pat Kane's goal using the butt end of his stick was a novel approach. His other attempts didn't go quite as well.

Here comes Marty St. Louis' lacrosse moves were awesome! So was a spinning backhander. Fun stuff.

Nifty cash-and-carry from behind the net from Ryan Getzlaf. He came close on some others, but his puck movement was off a hair. Easy for me to say.

Alex Kovalev just bounced the puck off his noggin. Kids, do not try this at home!
 
Steve Stamkos starts with move between the legs up to his stick for a shot. The rest of us go to the hospital attempting this.

Now is our Main Man, Alex Ovechkin. He just tumbled through the crease. Second attempt was a neat one

Out comes a floppy hat and sunglasses, two sticks and a goal from Evgeni Malkin to AO, resulting in a goal -- I think we have a winner!


Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
Jan. 24, 7:38 PM ET

Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event, in a winning time of 14.31, still off the all-time mark of 13.51 set by Hall of Famer Mike Gartner in the 1993 All-Star Game.

Philly's Jeff Carter was second at 14.43, followed by New Jersey's Zach Parise, 14.59 and Florida's Jay Bouwmeester, 14.59, Chicago's Brian Campbell, 14.90 and Vancouver's Mason Raymond at 15.14.


Rousing welcome

Jan. 24, 7:23 PM ET

As you might expect, big hands for Quebec natives Roberto Luongo and Stephane Robidas from the Montreal crowd, but also a nice cheer for Jarome Iginla too. Ditto Joe Thornton.

Big hand for former Canadien Sheldon Souray, who left for Edmonton was a free agent a couple years ago. Same for Mark Streit, who signed with the Islanders over the summer.

Oh man, the hand for Vinny Lecavalier is wild. Guess the fans have been eating up all that grist from the rumor mill.

Gordie Howe is in the house, so you know this is a great day for hockey. Gordie was here for the practices this morning and it always is an honor to see him.

Oh, oh, some boys for the Leafs Tomas Kaberle. But he is in good company as all three Boston Bruins are getting the business too.

Biggest hands, again no surprise for the four Habs in the Eastern Conference lineup -- Alex Kovalev, Carey Price, Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek.


Welcome aboard!
Jan. 24, 6:55 PM ET

Good evening hockey fans across Canada, the United States and Newfoundland. Welcome to NHL.com's live blog of the 2009 Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills.

We're coming to you from Montreal's Bell Centre where it is cold, cold, cold. In the few minutes we have before things get under way, I'll make the parochial pitch to check out some of the great stories the NHL.com crew has posted this weekend. Here are a couple winners.

* Dan Rosen walking the red carpet with the NHL YoungStars
* Dan strikes again with a real nice read on Niklas Backstrom and Pekka Rinne being reunited as All-Star participants after being teammates in Finland several years ago. Talk about the odds!
* Mike Morreale's story on a horrendous day of travel for Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis is a must read. Talk about dedication!
* Shawn Roarke was at this morning's NHL Board of Governors meeting that was staged in the same room where the League was created in 1917.
* Lastly, yours truly looks at Saturday morning's McDonald's NHL Open Practice that saw upwards of 20,000 fans  electrify the All-Stars, who couldn't believe the interest shown from the fans.

All good stuff. We will be back in a few with what's happening on the ice.