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P.K. Subban among players mic'd up for skills contest

Playful chatter, practical jokes all around during competition @NHL

NHL stars mic'd up at Skills Comp

NHL All-Stars laugh it up during Skills Competition

Listen in as P.K. Subban, Brad Marchand, Patrick Kane, Shea Weber and more of the NHL's All-Stars wear a mic for the Skills Competition

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If you've ever wondered what the players are saying to each other while they're hanging out watching the skills competition, wonder no more.

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Shea Weber wins Hardest Shot for third straight time

Canadiens defenseman gives Atlantic Division victory with shot of 102.8 mph

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Call it a three-peat for Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber.

Weber won the Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot for the Atlantic Division with a shot of 102.8 mph, edging Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine's shot of 101.7 at the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Staples Center on Saturday.

It was a far cry from his wins when he was with the Nashville Predators. At last year's event in Nashville, Weber's shot was 108.1 and two years ago in Columbus, his 108.5 shot was the second-fastest in the history of the All-Star skills competition. Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara set a record of 108.8 mph in 2012.

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Sidney Crosby wins duel with Auston Matthews

Metropolitan captain defeats Atlantic forward in Accuracy Shooting, has fastest time

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The torch hasn't been passed yet.

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is poised to be one of the next faces of the NHL. But during the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Staples Center on Saturday, the old guard reigned supreme in the DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting.

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Camaraderie, competitiveness between benches

Activity, attitude abound at Skills Competition

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews was in the middle of our interview, in the middle of a sentence in fact, when Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson skated over.

"We've gotta be friends," Karlsson said to Matthews, laughing.

Matthews was stunned. He didn't know what to say, so he laughed.

Senators and Maple Leafs friends? Doesn't seem right, does it?

Not usually, but it's perfectly acceptable this weekend. They're teammates during the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend and are trying to get to know as many other players as possible because even if they're adversaries on the ice, they're all in the same elite fraternity.

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Atlantic wins Skills, will play Metropolitan

Allows goal only to Ryan Kesler's son to defeat Pacific in Shootout

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- After winning the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, the Atlantic Division will play the Metropolitan Division in the semifinals of the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL TV).

The Pacific Division will play the Central Division in the first semifinal of the 3-on-3 tournament.

By defeating the Pacific Division 4-1 in the Discover NHL Shootout, the final event of the skills competition, the Atlantic Division earned the right to pick its semifinal opponent and whether it would play in the first or second time slot. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, the Atlantic captain, chose the Metropolitan Division and to play second.

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All-Stars feel pressure in Skills Challenge Relay

Players struggle in spotlight during first event of competition

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- There weren't exactly consequences for a poor performance. This was the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition, not the Stanley Cup Final, not a gold medal match.

But there was pressure on the All-Stars at Staples Center, especially in the first event, a team challenge based on mostly individual performances.

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Connor McDavid wins Fastest Skater

Oilers center completes course in 13.02 seconds

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is considered by many to be the fastest skater in the NHL, and Saturday was his chance to prove it.

McDavid won the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater at the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Staples Center, completing the course with a time of 13.02 seconds to beat the time of 13.16 seconds posted by Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Ryker Kesler takes dad's spot, scores on Carey Price

Ducks forward Ryan's 6-year-old son goes five-hole on Canadiens goalie @NHL

Mini Kesler's five-hole tally

Discover NHL Shootout: Mini Kesler beats Price

Ryan Kesler's son Ryker takes his turn in the Discover NHL Shootout and slips home a five-hole goal against Carey Price

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Announcer Kenny Albert had the call: "Kesler moving in on Price... he scores!"

But it wasn't that Kesler.

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2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition Results

Scoring and participants in six events of talent showcase @NHL

Event participants and results of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition:


MORE: View full scoresheet (PDF) | Skills Competition live blog


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Mike Smith steals Four Line Challenge for Pacific

Coyotes goaltender scores 20 points on goal through five-hole from 180-feet away

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith wasn't sure he'd even hit the net again, but NHL rivals know him to be a much better shooter and puck-handler than he gave himself credit for Saturday.

Smith stole the show in the Honda NHL Four Line Challenge, the second event of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition, when he scored from 180 feet away into an opening barely the width of the puck.

Smith said he only worried about hitting the net from such a distance.

"I didn't really have a strategy," he said. "I was focused on just hitting the board, but it just kind of curled in at the last second. I couldn't believe it, to be honest with you.

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