KANATA, Ont. -- It had been a while since Steven Stamkos scored during a shootout -- two full seasons to be exact.
The NHL's leading goal-scorer has been strangely unreliable during the post-overtime competition. He's 0-for-3 this season after going 0-for-7 last season. His last shootout goal came near the end of the 2009-10 season.
But Stamkos more than made up for it during the Tim Hortons NHL Elimination Shoot Out. He went 3-for-3 in the contest, beating Montreal's Carey Price twice and Boston's Tim Thomas once to win the event against 23 other shooters.
KANATA, Ont. -- It was a field that featured two defending winners and the NHL's leading goal scorer.
But despite the competition, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn and Philadelphia Flyers rookie Matt Read surprised the capacity crowd at ScotiaBank Place in the Accuracy Shootout Event at the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills competition, with Benn winning the event.
With previous accuracy winners Daniel Sedin and Marian Hossa also participating, along with the NHL's leading goal scorer, Steven Stamkos, Benn and Read set the pace early. Read eliminated fellow rookie Cody Hodgson when he hit all four targets in an impressive 14.011 seconds. From there, the only player capable of topping Read's opening-round time was Benn, who hit his targets in 13.583 seconds.