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Preds add to All-Star excitement

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

The Young Stars East defeated the Young Stars West, featuring Nashville Predators Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov, 9-8 in the 2007 NHL Young Stars Game on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Down 9-4, the West rallied for the final four goals of the game - the last off the stick of Radulov - but could not complete the comeback.

Weber finished the game with two assists and a +3 rating while Radulov tallied one goal and a +1 mark. New Jersey's Zach Parise, with two goals and four assists, was named the game's most valuable player.

The two teams played four-on-four, and the game was comprised of three 10-minute periods with a running clock.

Following the Young Stars Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 15-11 in the 2007 NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Nashville's Kimmo TImonen participated in the "In the Zone" competition, in which three players must make at least two passes before shooting on goal. Timonen's group, featuring Edmonton's RYan Smyth and Minnesota's Brian Rolston, connected once against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, but that wasn't enought to top the Eastern Conference trio of Buffalo's Daniel Briere and Brian Campbell and Carolina Hurricane Eric Staal, which scored three times.

Individual winners in the Skills Competition included Andy McDonald (Anaheim) as the fastest skater and Zdeno Chara (Boston) with the hardest shot(100.4 mph). Eric Staal (Carolina) and Marian Hossa (Atlanta) shared the top spot in the shooting accuracy competition, with each hitting four of five targets.

The 2007 NHL All-Star Game takes place on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. CT at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will be televised on Versus.

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