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With his first shot in the final round of the Hardest Shot competition in this year's NHL All-Star SuperSkills competition, B’s defenseman Zdeno Chara
set a new record with a 105.9 mph and walked away with his fourth consecutive title.
“I wasn’t really feeling that great tonight," Chara said to VERSUS after the competition. "But thanks to the fans, they really got me going.”
Chara entered the night as the three-time reigning Hardest Shot champion and record holder with his 105.4 mph blast in 2009.
In the first round, Chara netted a 104.1 mph shot, but didn’t pick up the point for his team as Shea Webber approached Chara’s record with a 104.8 mph shot. Tyler Seguin
joined Chara in competing in the Hardest Shot competition. Seguin won his round with a 97.1 mph goal, picking up a point for Team Staal.
It was Webber against Chara again in the final round, as they were the two hardest shooters from their respective teams.
“Shea was shooting really awesome,” Chara said. “I know guys were shooting the puck really hard, all the credit goes to them, I know they competed.”
Seguin also took a turn in the Elimination Shootout competition, but was stopped in his attempt by Anaheim Duck’s goaltender Jonas Hiller.
Thomas also minded the net for his team for a round of the elimination shootout portion of the competition.
He stopped five of nine attempts, including that of teammate Chara.
Thomas also competed in the fastest skater portion of the night for Team Lidstrom, racing Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.
Off to a good start, Thomas slipped and fell while rounding the net, but quickly recovered and almost caught up to Ward -— all with a smile on his face.
“Fortunately with my style, I have a lot of experience falling down,” Thomas told VERSUS during the competition,
Despite Thomas’ efforts, Team Staal, with help from Chara and Seguin, walked away with a 33-22 point victory. ---Hannah Becker