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Johansen voted into NHL Breakaway Challenge

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen was the winner in fan balloting for one of the spots in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, which will take place Saturday during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

And he's nervous about it.

"It's actually really hard," Johansen said Friday. "Everybody's watching you trying moves you've never really tried before. To execute them is pretty tough. So when you see guys doing these moves and they pull them off, it's impressive."

Johansen finished with 23,920 votes, all cast on Twitter between Jan. 20 and Jan. 23 at noon ET, using the hashtag #NHLBreakawayJohansen. He beat out Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux and Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau.

The Columbus center will be one of six shooters taking part in the event, three from Team Toews and three from Team Foligno.

Each shooter will attempt three shots, with each attempt being judged for style, creativity and flair; NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. Fans in the arena and watching on TV in the United States and Canada will be able to vote for the winner on Twitter.

Johansen, a first-time All-Star, leads the Blue Jackets with 43 points and is second with 17 goals. Though this is his first All-Star Game, this is not Johansen's first trip to the skills competition; he was one of the Young Stars at the event in Ottawa in 2012 and he was selected to do the Breakaway Challenge that time as well.

In spite of that experience, Johansen said he does not have a clue of what he will pull out of his bag of tricks Saturday.

"I have no idea," he said. "We had a week-long road trip so I never really had any time to try some goofy moves or anything. I'll have to think of some here in the next day and hopefully I can get some ideas from some friends or something."

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