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Shanahan helps East top West in SuperSkills

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan began competition in the two-day NHL All-Star event on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena, helping the Eastern Conference edge the Western Conference 15-11 in the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills competition.

Wearing his Rangers jersey, Shanahan participated in two events on Tuesday, which was also his 38th birthday. One of Shanahan's events was the team-wide shootout, which was broken up into three rounds of four shooters per round. The other was the Shooting Accuracy event, in which Shanahan took aim at targets positioned on all four corners of the net.

The Eastern Conference All-Star captain, Shanahan took the first shot in the first round of the shootout, but fired a backhand over the crossbar against Dallas netminder Marty Turco, who also stopped Eastern Conference shooters Eric Staal and Daniel Briere in the round.

Shanahan fared much better in the accuracy event, needing only six shots to break all four targets. His Eastern teammates Eric Staal and Marian Hossa broke the four targets in five shots, and the threesome's combined effort helped secure both the event's individual and team points for the East. Yanic Perreault of the Western Conference also went 4-for-5.

Other individual winners on Tuesday included Columbus' Rick Nash in the Puck Control Relay, Anaheim's Andy McDonald in the Fastest Skater event (14.03 seconds) and Boston's Zdeno Chara in the Hardest Shot competition (100.4 mph).

The Eastern Conference's victory was its second in a row and third overall in the six Eastern-Western All-Star SuperSkills events since 1994.

The players will return to the ice in Dallas at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night when Shanahan leads the Eastern Conference in the 55th NHL All-Star Game.
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