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Okposo, Skinner have fierce ping-pong battle for tiny glass ball trophy

Sabres forwards beat teammates to reach final with small prize on the line

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Noted ping-pong enthusiast Jeff Skinner came prepared with his own paddle, but couldn't overcome Kyle Okposo's one day of preparation in an intense battle for table tennis supremacy.

The Buffalo Sabres forwards were pitted against each other after beating forward Zemgus Girgensons and goalie Carter Hutton in the semifinals of a very serious and official tournament posted to Sabres social media. 

Okposo edged Skinner, whose Instagram bio says he plays hockey and ping-pong, to pull off the upset. Clearly Okposo's hardened stare before the match through Skinner off his game.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: The epic finale.Coming later today to Sabres social. #PaddleBattle🏓 pic.twitter.com/P386AAnsYD

Earlier this month, the Sabres posted the other two matches. 

Skinner topped Girgensons, who made the curious decision to wear slides instead of real shoes and lost one during competition. 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Skinner vs. Girgensons 🏓The #PaddleBattle continues... pic.twitter.com/wmHzwru1FC

Hutton came ready to play with sweatbands galore, but ultimately fell to the eventual champion.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: And so it begins...Introducing #PaddleBattle 🏓 pic.twitter.com/F0c0DEm4bt

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