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East dominates shootout, wins Skills Competition

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

NASHVIILLE -- The Eastern Conference dominated the Western Conference in the Discover Shootout, the final event of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills competition at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

The Eastern Conference won the Skills Competition 29-12, which allowed it to choose the order of play in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Captains Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and John Tavares of the New York Islanders chose to play first.

The Eastern goalies -- Roberto Luongo of the Panthers, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, and Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils -- stopped 26 of 28 Western shots. Eastern shooters scored 17 points.

The East took control in the second round, when it scored six times on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson.

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins was the only player to score among 18 shots in the first round; Luongo stopped all nine attempts he faced.

There were three rounds of two minutes each; six skaters and one goalie participated in each round. A goal using a game puck was worth one point; a goal scored with a special Discover puck was worth two points.

The All-Star Game will pit divisions within the same conference against each other (Metropolitan vs. Atlantic; Central vs. Pacific) in a 20-minute period, with the winners playing each other in another 20-minute period for a $1 million prize.

Skills Competition Final Scores

Fastest Skater: East 5, West 1

Breakaway Challenge: East 1, West 0

Accuracy Shooting: East 3, West 2

Skills Challenge Relay: West 2, East 1

Hardest Shot: West 3, East 2

NHL Shootout: East 17, West 4

Final score: East 29, West 12

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