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West Falls To East In NHL SuperSkills Competition, 15-11

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
About the only part of the game in which Sidney Crosby has struggled this season is shootouts - until the teenage superstar was on the same ice with the rest of the NHL's best players.
 
Crosby, the 19-year-old forward from Pittsburgh, scored on two of his three shots in the final individual shootout to deliver a victory for the Eastern Conference in the NHL All-Star skills competition Tuesday night.
 
Click here to watch video highlights from Tuesday night’s NHL SuperSkills Competition.

 
The NHL's leading scorer, whose 72 points are five more than anybody else, is 0-for-5 in shootouts during the regular season.
 
"It was fun to be in that situation. I didn't ask for it, but I liked it," Crosby said. "Especially with all the ones that I missed this season, it was nice."
 
Crosby also scored on his only shootout attempt in the team competition, midway through the nine-event competition to tie the score 7-7.
 
The competition was tied 10-10 after Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stopped all four shots in the final team shootout. Meanwhile, Colorado's Joe Sakic and Edmonton's Ryan Smyth and San Jose’s Joe Thornton scored against Ryan Miller of Buffalo to get even going into the final event.
 
But Luongo couldn't stop Crosby, the top All-Star vote-getter. Crosby made his first two shots and that gave the East squad a 15-11 victory over the West.
 
"Going against Luongo, you're going against the best, so if you don't score you've got an excuse," Crosby said. "I'm competitive. I want to win with the game on the line like that."
 
Anaheim's Teemu Selanne scored on his first attempt for the West, but missed his next two - the last a glove save by Miller to end the event.
 
Jonathan CheechooSelanne, who will play in his 10th All-Star game on Wednesday night, was impressed by Crosby.
 
"I've only seen him on highlights. It's great to watch a kid like that," Selanne said. "He's got the full package."
 
After Crosby's tying point in the team shootout, the East squad took the lead in the next event.
 
Carolina's Eric Staal and Atlanta's Marian Hossa both hit four targets in five shots to share the individual honors in shooting accuracy. Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers, on his 38th birthday, hit four of six for the East.
 
The tallest player in NHL history also has the hardest shot.
 
Boston's Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-9 defenseman from Czechoslovakia, fired a shot of 100.4 mph to win the hardest shot competition. Chara's first shot read 99.5 mph on the radar gun, then he increased that on the second shot from 30 feet.
 
The only other player to hit 100 mph - and he did it on the nose - was Montreal's Sheldon Souray, who hit 102.2 mph in the last event three years ago along with Adrian Aucoin.
 
Staal was part of the three-man East group, with Buffalo's Daniel Briere and Brian Campbell, that scored two goals in the team zone contest. They put two of their three shots by hometown goalie Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars.
 
Columbus forward Rick Nash won the individual puck control relay for the second straight time, beating Florida's Jay Bouwmeester after the East squad won the three-player team relay. The only other individual multiple winner was Paul Kariya, who won four straight from 1999-2002.
 
Captain Patrick MarleauWhen Nash won at the last All-Star game in 2004, he was 19 years old and the first teenage All-Star since 1992. Now there's a new teenage All-Star in Crosby.
 
The West went ahead 3-1 by sweeping the fastest skater, Anaheim's Andy McDonald winning the individual at 14.03 seconds - only the fourth time in 13 the event has been held that the top time was slower than 14 seconds. Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau looked like he had posted the fastest time at 14.08, but it was McDonald’s time that bested the San Jose forward’s time by just five-hundredths of a second.
 
The players will regroup tonight and get set for the 55th NHL All-Star Game tomorrow. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) and the game can be seen on VERSUS (in high-definition where available). At that time, the NHL will debut the highly anticipated Rbk EDGE Uniforms. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night.


RESULTS FROM THE NHL SUPERSKILLS COMPETITION
Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills Scoresheet

EVENT 1 - PUCK CONTROL RELAY
Scoring: One goal awarded to winning relay team; one goal awarded to team of individual winner
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Race 1 (Relay)   Race 1 (Relay)
Daniel Briere, Buffalo   Brian Rolson, Minnesota
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto   Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay   Teemu Selanne, Anaheim
Race 2 (Individual)   Race 2 (Individual)
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida   Rick Nash, Columbus
Winner, Race 1: Eastern Conference
Winner, Race 2: Rick Nash, West
 
EVENT 2 - FASTEST SKATER
Scoring: One goal awarded to fastest skater's team; one goal awarded to team with lower average time
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Time   Time
Eric Staal, Carolina, 14.50
  Patrick Marleau, San Jose, 14.08
Brian Campbell, Buffalo, 14.97
  Bill Guerin, St. Louis, 14.34
Alex Ovechkin, Washington, 15.19
  Andy McDonald, Anaheim, 14.03
Winner player (time): Andy McDonald, West
Winning team (avg. time): Western Conference (14.15)
 
EVENT 3 - SHOOTOUT, part 1
Scoring: Each goal scored counts toward teams' overall score; goaltenders' goals-against records are combined with Event 7 (In The Zone) to determine winner of the goaltenders' competition
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Goal/Save   Goal/Save
Brendan Shanahan, NYR, Save
  Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit, Save
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia, Goal
  Bill Guerin, St. Louis, Goal
Eric Staal, Carolina, Save
  Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose, Goal
Daniel Briere, Buffalo, Save
  Patrick Marleau, San Jose, Save
vs. West Goaltender Marty Turco, Dallas, 1 Goal, 3 Saves
  vs. East Goaltender Cristobal Huet, Montreal, 2 Goals, 2 Saves
 
EVENT 4 - HARDEST SHOT
Scoring: One goal awarded to individual winner's team; one goal awarded to team with higher average speed
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Speed (mph)   Speed (mph)
Brian Rafalski, New Jersey, 84.6/86.8
  Philippe Boucher, Dallas, 98.0/94.6
Dany Heatley, Ottawa, 94.0/90.0
  Joe Thornton, San Jose, 91.8/93.2
Zdeno Chara, Boston, 99.5/100.4
  Nicklas Lidstrom, 91.2/89.8
Sheldon Souray, Montreal, 97.9/100.0
  Dion Phaneuf, Calgary, 89.6/90.4
Winning player (mph): Zdeno Chara, East
Winning team (avg. mph), Eastern Conference (95.3 mph)
 
EVENT 5 - SHOOTOUT, part 2
Scoring: Each goal scored counts toward teams' overall score; goaltenders' goals-against records are combined with Event 7 (In The Zone) to determine winner of the goaltenders' competition
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Goal/Save   Goal/Save
Marian Hossa, Atlanta, Goal
  Martin Havlat, Chicago, Goal
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Save
  Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, Save
Justin Williams, Carolina, Goal
  Andy McDonald, Anaheim, Goal
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh, Goal
  Rick Nash, Columbus, Save
vs. West Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary, 3 Goals, 1 Save
  vs. East Goaltender Martin Brodeur, New Jersey, 2 Goals, 2 Saves
 
EVENT 6 - SHOOTING ACCURACY
Scoring: One goal awarded to individual winner's team; one goal awarded to overall team winner
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Hits/Attempts   Hits/Attempts
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia, 2/8
  Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose, 2/8
Eric Staal, Carolina, 4/5
  Joe Sakic, Colorado, 1/8
Marian Hossa, Atlanta, 4/5
  Yanic Perreault, Phoenix, 4/6
Brendan Shanahan, NYR, 4/6
  Joe Thornton, San Jose, 4/6
Winning player (Hits/Attempts) (tie) Hossa/Staal, East
Winning team (Hits/Attempts), Eastern Conference 14/24
 
EVENT 7 - IN THE ZONE
One goal awarded to the highest scoring team; goaltenders' goals-against records are combined with Events 3, 5 and 8 (Shootouts) to determine winner of the goaltenders' competition
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Round 1:
Daniel Briere, Buffalo   Yanic Perreault, Phoenix
Eric Staal, Carolina   Rick Nash, Columbus
Brian Campbell, Buffalo   Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix
vs. West Goaltender Marty Turco, Dallas   vs. East Goaltender Cristobal Huet, Montreal
Goals/Attempts 2/3   Goals/Attempts 0/3
Round 2:
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh   Brian Rolston, Minnesota
Marian Hossa, Atlanta   Ryan Smyth, Edmonton
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia
  Kimmo Timonen, Nashville
vs. West Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary   vs. East Goaltender Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
Goals/Attempts 0/3   Goals/Attempts 0/3
Round 3:
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay   Joe Thornton, San Jose
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington   Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida   Dion Phaneuf, Calgary
vs. West Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Vancouver   vs. East Goaltender Ryan Miller, Buffalo
Goals/Attempts 0/3   Goals/Attempts 0/3
 
EVENT 8 - SHOOTOUT, part 3
Scoring: Each goal scored counts toward teams' overall score; goaltenders' goals-against records are combined with Event 7 (In The Zone) to determine winner of the goaltenders' competition
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Goal/Save   Goal/Save
Dany Heatley, Ottawa, Save
  Joe Sakic, Colorado, Goal
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay, Save
  Ryan Smyth, Edmonton, Goal
Jason Blake, NYI, Save
  Brian Rolston, Minnesota, Save
Alex Ovechkin, Washington, Save
  Joe Thornton, San Jose, Goal
vs. West Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Vancouver, 0 Goals, 4 Saves
  vs. East Goaltender Ryan Miller, Buffalo, 3 Goals, 1 Save
Eastern Conference Goals: 0
Western Conference Goals: 3
 
EVENT 9 ONE-ON-ONE SHOOTOUT
Scoring: Each goal scored counts toward teams' overall score; 3 goals awarded to highest scoring team
Eastern All-Stars   Western All-Stars
Goal/Save   Goal/Save
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh, G/G/S
  Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, G/S/S
vs. West Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Vancouver 2 Goals, 1 Save
  vs. East Goaltender Ryan Miller, Buffalo, 1 Goal, 2 Saves
WINNING TEAM: Eastern Conference
 
Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Jan. 23, 2007

Final Summary
TEAM COMPETITION
Event Eastern Western
1. Puck Control Relay 1 1
2. Fastest Skater 0 2
3. Shootout, Part 1 1 2
4. Hardest Shot 2 0
5. Shootout, Part 2 3 2
6. Shooting Accuracy 2 0
7. In the Zone 1 0
8. Shootout, Part 3 0 3
9. One-on-One Shootout 5 1
FINAL SCORE 15 11
 

 

GOALTENDER COMPETITION
  Miller Brodeur Huet Luongo Kiprusoff Turco Winning Goaltender
Roberto Luongo
West
Shootout 3GA 2GA 2GA 0GA 3GA 1GA
In the Zone 0GA 0GA 0GA 0GA 0GA 2GA
Total 3GA 2GA 2GA 0GA 3GA 3GA


OTHER INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Fastest Skater: Andy McDonald, West
Hardest Shot: Zdeno Chara, East
Shooting Accuracy: (tie) Eric Staal, Marian Hossa (East)

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