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Josi Scores On Breakaways, Takes In Best of Skills Competition

Nashville Captain Talks Shootouts, Impressed by Women's 3-on-3 Contest at All-Star Weekend

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Two breakaways, two beautiful goals.

Roman Josi only participated in one event during Friday night's 2020 NHL All-Star Skills in St. Louis, but he made the most of his opportunity.

Along with his Central Division teammates, Josi took part in the Save Streak Competition, skating in on opposing goaltenders attempting to break said streak. Nashville's captain did so twice, first beating Vancouver netminder Jacob Markstrom with a blazing snapshot, and the second tally was even prettier.

Staring down Calgary goaltender David Rittich, Josi deked and slid a soft backhander through the five-hole of the challenger, drawing a lively reaction from the crowd and his teammates in the process.

Video: Josi talks goals in Save Streak competition

According to Josi, he didn't have many options - but he still made it look oh so silky.

"I kind of knew what I was going to do, but you kind of adjust to the goalie a little bit too," Josi said. "But I only have one move. So that's pretty much my only move.

Then, with a laugh: "I shouldn't say that maybe. But yeah, that's my only move, and it worked today."

Tweet from @PredsNHL: 🚨 JOSI BETWEEN THE LEGS 🚨#NHLAllStar | @rjosi90

Never one to really participate in shootouts when the Predators reach that point in a game setting, Josi may have caught the attention of his coaching staff.

So, the question has to be asked - will he be petitioning to take a shot next time?

"I have to talk to our goalie coach [Ben Vanderklok]," Josi laughed. "I sent him a text already, sent them the video."

Has he responded?

"No, he hasn't texted me back yet. He doesn't know what to say probably."

All jokes aside, Josi enjoyed seeing his fellow All-Stars show off their skills all night long, including former teammate Shea Weber taking home yet another victory in the Hardest Shot Competition.

Video: Josi's NHL All-Star Locker Tour

Josi also mentioned the Women's Elite 3-on-3 - a new addition that pitted some of the top American and Canadian women's hockey players against one another in a wildly entertaining two-half contest - as a highlight of the night.

"They're such good athletes, and you saw it on 3-on-3 - it was so much fun to watch," Josi said. "The fans loved it, we were watching it [in the locker room], and they should definitely come back next year and get them more involved. It was great."

Josi will be back on the ice at the Enterprise Center on Saturday night to skate with the Central Division in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game (7 p.m. CT, NBC).

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