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Tatar is the most accurate, Petry boasts the hardest shot

Tomas Tatar successfully defended his title on Sunday, while Jeff Petry's slapshot was the best of the bunch

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski. @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - It wasn't your typical Sunday at the Bell Centre.

Over 15,000 fans packed the stands to watch the Canadiens Skills Competition presented by RONA.

One of those spectators kicked off the festivities by winning a $5,000 RONA gift card when he made a perfect shot from the blue line.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Gagner 5000$ chez @RONAinc... pas une mauvaise fa��on de commencer son dimanche. 🤑Winning $5,000 at @RONAinc... Not a bad way to start a Sunday.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/kXrb8IEPn3

For their part, the players experienced some unforgettable moments with their families.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le Concours d'habilet��s, pr��sent�� par @RONAinc, c'est avant tout pour les enfants. 🤗The @RONAinc Skills Competition is for the children.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/pMwHNvv1fd

The event officially kicked off with the fastest skater competition.

Paul Byron didn't defend his title, though.

Forwards Dale Weise, Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi, along with defensemen Jeff Petry, Victor Mete and Brett Kulak were the six participants.

Domi claimed the title with a time of 13.472 seconds. The 21-year-old centerman finished just 0.078 seconds ahead of Petry.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On est d��j�� fatigu�� rien qu'�� le regarder. 🥵Voyez la course gagnante de Max Domi dans l'��preuve du patineur le plus rapide.We're already tired just watching this. 🥵 Check out @max_domi's winning lap from the Fastest Skater event.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/ZFFr2AmBs3

Domi's victory didn't surprise forward Jake Evans.

"He flies on the ice. All of the guys had good skating times," said Evans, who played his second career NHL game on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Speaking of Evans, he put up a good fight against defending champion Tomas Tatar in the shooting accuracy competition.

But Tatar ultimately came out on top for a second straight year, hitting all four targets in a time of 10.822 seconds.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Regardez Tomas Tatar toucher la cible 4 fois sur 4 en 10.822 pour gagner l'��preuve du tir de pr��cision. 🎯Watch @TomasTatar90 go 4-for-4 in 10.822 to win the Accuracy Shooting event.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/JajPfGfhGO

Tatar didn't hesitate to celebrate his triumph by playfully taunting Ilya Kovalchuk.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Tout le monde le fait, maintenant. 🤫😅Everyone's doing it now. 🤫😅#GoHabsGo | @TomasTatar90 pic.twitter.com/doOHqQqp8O

For his part, Kovalchuk struggled during the accuracy shooting event. He completed the task in 25.193 seconds.

Nick Suzuki believes the curve of the Russian sniper's stick had something to do with it.

"I think his curve isn't made for hitting targets like that. But his one-timer looked good," mentioned Suzuki. 

With captain Shea Weber on the sidelines, Petry was the favorite to win the hardest shot competition.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le capitaine est dans la place. 👊The captain is in the house.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/Oe31hIvB1R

Fellow rearguards Ben Chiarot and Xavier Ouellet set the bar high with blasts of 103.8 mph each.

But the 32-year-old veteran went last and secured the title with a 104.9 mph howitzer.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Voyez le boulet de 104,9 MPH de @PetryJ pour remporter l�����preuve du tir le plus puissant. 🚀Watch Jeff Petry blast a 104.9 MPH slapper to win the Hardest Shot competition.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/WcOz8A6Pp8

Alternate captain Brendan Gallagher won the puck handling and one-timer event, finishing it off in 17.905 seconds.

According to Suzuki, luck was on Gallagher's side.

"He was lucky. I think he had his eyes closed. I'm sure he'll let me hear about it," said Suzuki with a laugh. 

Finally, Nick Cousins won the shootout.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Voici le but gagnant de la derni��re ��preuve de la journ��e: les tirs de barrage en continu.Here's @Cous27's winning goal from today's final event: Continuous Shootout #GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/aLozMXv69Z

The honorable mention goes to Chiarot for another Kovalchuk-style celebration.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On a d��j�� vu cette c��l��bration quelque part. 🤔We've seen this celebration before.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc pic.twitter.com/1zA8dWE8A8

The Canadiens definitely appreciated the incredible fan support all morning long.

"I wasn't surprised. It's a great event. It was incredible to see the fans come together to watch us," mentioned Suzuki. "We really appreciate it."

The Habs will be back in action on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.

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