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Daniel Sedin wins accuracy with 8-for-9 effort

by Dave Lozo
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 2011 Honda SuperSkills delivered many memorable moments for fans to savor for years to come, but there are a few players who will be talking about the McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting for quite some time.

Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane came away victorious in their individual matchups against fellow Blackhawk Patrick Sharp and Carolina's Eric Staal, respectively. But the wins came in such a manner that the sell-out crowd at RBC Center hurled boos at Toews and Kane.

Toews was overmatched by Sharp, seemingly giving Team Staal a point. But Toews didn't hear the whistle and failed to start on time. After officials talked things over, Toews was given another chance and smoked Sharp to steal that point back for Team Lidstrom.

That's when the crowd -- and some of his fellow All-Stars -- let Toews have it.

"I think I got off two shots and he had already hit four targets. I was disappointed," Toews said. "I don't feel great about it. The guys are calling me a crybaby because I asked for a rematch. Maybe we'll have to have a rubber match back in Chicago."

Kane wasn't even willing to offer any sympathy for his good friend.

"Tazer doesn't win, so he complains," Kane joked. "He gets another shot at it. I don't know. From what he said, he didn't hear the ref blow the whistle."

It's surprising Kane wasn't willing to lend his support to Toews considering his crime was considered even worse by the rabid Hurricanes fans.

Just like Toews, Kane didn't hear the whistle to start his matchup against Staal, the hometown hero who received a standing ovation before his attempts. With Staal looking poised to clear all four targets in good time, Kane threw his arms in the air as he fell behind.

As the ice crew placed fresh targets on Staal's net, the crowd started a "Let's go 'Canes" chant. But it was to no avail, as Kane used his second opportunity to blow away Staal and earn a point for Team Lidstrom.

Kane showed no remorse for the restart as the crowd got on him.

"At first when I was out there, they started chanting 'Let's go 'Canes,'" Kane said. "My last name is Kane and I just kind of gave the crowd a salute and said thanks for cheering me on against your hometown boy."

Make no mistake, no player involved in the situation was genuinely upset, but it was apparent Staal felt he had things under control before Kane got a chance to start over.

"That was brutal. I had a rhythm going I thought," Staal said. "I don't know. Apparently the Chicago Blackhawks got a little favored because Jonathan Toews screwed up the other one, too. Kaner was hot. Once we did get started, I tried to get regrouped and he was ripping them down."

Does that mean Staal had it won?

"I probably would've locked it up," Staal said. "I had that bottom picked and I was moving on but we'll never know. So, oh well."

In the non-controversial portion of the competition, Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin stole the show. He was 4-for-4 in his first-round matchup against Minnesota's Martin Havlat and 4-for-5 against Kane in the final to earn Team Lidstrom three total points and the overall victory.

"I thought Daniel's 8-for-9 was pretty impressive," Toews said. "It was one of the better performances of the night. That's hard to do."

In the other matchups, Team Staal got victories from the Canucks' Ryan Kesler against Dallas' Brad Richards and the Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash took care of Toronto's Phil Kessel. Team Lidstrom earned a point from the New York Rangers' Derek Stepan when he narrowly defeated San Jose's Logan Couture.

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