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Ovi shares the spotlight at Honda SuperSkills

by Dan Rosen /
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Instead of stealing the show as he did in Montreal two years ago with his sunglasses and fisherman's hat, Alex Ovechkin was only part of the star-studded performance in the Honda SuperSkills competition Saturday night at the RBC Center.

He had a blast -- and the Carolina fans roared for him, too.

"You know, when you're involved, you of course enjoy it," said Ovechkin, who won the BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge for the third straight time. "All the guys, you can ask them, they enjoy it. Even when they weren't doing something they were still watching it and laughing and seeing some skills."

Ovechkin's two favorite moments of the night were watching Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban wearing Jeff Skinner's jersey and seeing Corey Perry carry the puck in on his stick blade lacrosse-style before ringing his first Breakaway Challenge attempt off the crossbar.

"I wanted to put (Skinner's) jersey on, but it was too small for me," Ovechkin said, laughing.

He said if he had a chance he would have texted in a vote for Perry to win the Breakaway Challenge.

"Subban did a good job, but I would have voted for Perry if I had a chance," he said.

Asked if he would ever try the lacrosse-style move that Perry pulled off flawlessly, Ovechkin said, "I don't want to try it. Well, I'll try it, but I'm not that good -- not as good as him."

Ovechkin also participated in the XM NHL Hardest Shot competition, but that didn't go nearly as well for him as the Breakaway Challenge.

He ripped a shot clocked at 98.2 miles per hour but then broke his stick on his second attempt. He didn't have another one, so he had to borrow from someone. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was the first to offer, Ovechkin said, adding that the Pittsburgh-Washington rivalry gets put aside at these events.

Believe that if you will, but Ovechkin then had two attempts that didn't even register on the speedometer. After bargaining he got a third attempt and this time hit it 97.2 mph, but he blamed to stick for his drop off in speed.

Ovechkin said he had prepared only two sticks for the night, and he broke them both.

"I didn't think I was going to need four sticks or three sticks in the Skills Competition," he said.

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