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Look back: Eric Staal at 2018 All-Star Game

Wild center puts on show at Skills Challenge before Central Division falls first in Sunday showcase

by Kayleigh Jackson /

This weekend, Eric Staal took his talents from snowy St. Paul to tropical Tampa, representing the Minnesota Wild in his fifth career NHL All-Star Game. The forward participated in the Dunkin' Donuts NHL Passing Challenge during the Skills Competition on Saturday night, as well as shooting on Metropolitan Division goaltenders in the GEICO NHL Save Streak event. 

Sunday, as a member of the Central Division, he was eliminated in the first round of the All-Star Game after falling to the Pacific Division, 5-2. Despite the early exit, it was far from a wasted weekend for Staal and his wife, Tanya, her parents, and his three sons, Levi, Parker and Finley.

"We had fun; it's a great weekend altogether," Staal said following the Central Division's early exit. "Would have been nice to keep playing, but we'll keep looking forward to the rest of the season."

That starts when Staal rejoins his Wild teammates Monday for a charter flight then practice in Columbus, followed by a 6 p.m. tilt Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. Until then, take a look back at the weekend after the sun has set on the 2018 All-Star Game. 

Tweet from @mnwild: #StaalStar time in Tampa!

Tweet from @mnwild: #StaalStar loves the camera ��

Tweet from @mnwild: It���s all about family this weekend for Eric Staal, who gets to share the moment with his three boys. #StaalStar

Video: Eric Staal All-Star media day

Tweet from @staalfamily: Heading out for the #NHLAllStar Skills Competition������ Watch Eric as he takes part in the @NHL Passing Challenge tonight at 7:30pm ET#StaalStar #NHL #skillscompetition #minnesotawild @mnwild

Tweet from @mnwild: The Staal boys going over the skills competition lineup. #StaalStar

Instagram from @minnesotawild: Fun fact: @official_flo is a huge Nordy fan.

Tweet from @mnwild: Hey @NordyWild, you may need to go see the Staal boys after this! #StaalStar

Tweet from @mnwild: Staalsy held first briefly with a time of 54.679 seconds in the passing challenge. #StaalStar

Video: Eric Staal post skills competition

Tweet from @NordyWild: Enjoying the view at #NHLAllStar.

Tweet from @mnwild: #StaalStar on the Red Carpet.

Tweet from @mnwild: Staal good! It���s time for the #NHLAllStar game. #StaalStar

Video: Eric Staal All-Star postgame

Tweet from @mnwild: Staal things must come to an end. That's it for the #NHLAllStar weekend. Back to #mnwild hockey on Tuesday in Columbus. #StaalStar

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