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Staal, Stepan in big SuperSkills events

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will take part in the Fastest Skater competition, and rookie forward Derek Stepan will be entered in the Accuracy Shooting competition when the NHL All-Star SuperSkills event takes place at 7 p.m. tonight at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

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Staal, who is making his first All-Star appearance, will also compete in the new Skills Challenge Relay event, where he will be part of a group of Team Staal players looking for the best overall score in one-timers, passing, puck control, stickhandling and accuracy shooting.

Stepan, one of 12 rookies added to All-Star Weekend as Superskills contestants will shoot at targets in each corner of the net. He is one of 12 players who will vie for the title made famous in the 1990s by Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, a perennial winner.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will take part in all events involving goalies, including the evening's finale, the Elimination Shootout. As a goaltender for Team Staal, Lundqvist could be called on to stop Stepan, since all skaters participate in the event, and Stepan is competing for Team Lidstrom.

Staal's Fastest Skater competition will be the first event when the SuperSkills begins at 7 p.m. tonight. All of the action will air live on Versus.
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