Cam Tucker

Atlantic Division claims Skills Competition, will face Metropolitan Division in ASG

The Atlantic Division won the deciding Shootout event, and won the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday.

As a result, they have decided to face the Metropolitan Division in the second three-on-three game for tomorrow’s NHL All-Star Game in L.A. The Atlantic took the shootout — and the final score — 4-1 over the Pacific Division, which got its lone goal from Ryan Kesler‘s young son, Ryker Kesler, who went five-hole on Carey Price.

Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers star, fell just short of beating Dylan Larkin‘s record of 13.172 seconds in the Fastest Skater competition, which would’ve given the Pacific an additional bonus point from that event.

Shea Weber also had a share in the Atlantic Division win. His slap shot of 102.8 miles per hour, while not matching his attempts of 108.1 mph and 108.5 mph from the previous two ASG skills competitions, was good enough to best the competition once again.

Weber takes the Hardest Shot title for a third consecutive year.

Brent Burns and goalie Mike Smith — yes, you read that last part correctly — put on a show in the newly introduced Four Line Challenge.

Burns picked the top corner from center ice and Smith, one of the better puck-playing goalies in the league, delighted the crowd by scoring into a small slot in the middle of the net on his shot from the far end of the rink.

Shea Weber wins third straight Hardest Shot title


Another Hardest Shot competition. Another successful title defense for Shea Weber.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman took the title in each of the last two years, and he maintained his reign with a blast of 102.8 miles per hour on Saturday at Staples Center in L.A.

That’s a rocket of a slap shot, but it’s off his 108.1 mph blast last year in Nashville, and his 108.5 mph shot from the 2015 competition in Columbus.

McDavid can’t beat Larkin’s fastest skater record


Connor McDavid came oh-so-close to Dylan Larkin‘s record in the fastest skater event at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday.

Known for his blazing speed, among many other elite hockey qualities he possesses, McDavid entered this competition as a favourite to perhaps break Larkin’s record of 13.172 seconds set at last year’s event.

The Edmonton Oilers 20-year-old phenom flew around the ice at Staples Center but just missed out on the record, posting a time of 13.310 seconds. McDavid also took his lap from a standing start.

Larkin’s performance set the new benchmark in this event, breaking Mike Gartner’s previous record (13.38 seconds) from the 1996 All-Star event in Boston.

Chris Pronger takes out Justin Bieber in All-Star celebrity game


Justin Bieber skated with some of the game’s greats during Saturday’s NHL All-Star celebrity game.

This isn’t the first time Bieber has skated with NHL players. He once skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs a few years ago.

This time, well, the famed singer and songwriter’s time on the ice included quite an introduction from Chris Pronger, one of the fiercest defensemen in hockey during his playing days.

There is a great photo circulating right now of Pronger pinning Bieber against the glass and pushing his mask halfway up his face.

It was never this lighthearted when Pronger took out opposing players along the boards while patrolling NHL blue lines for 1,167 games.

Is it too late now for Pronger to say sorry?

WATCH LIVE: NHL All-Star Skills Competition


The NHL’s brightest stars are on display this weekend.

Tonight, it’s the NHL All-Star Skills Competition from the Staples Center, and you can catch the action live online using the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Here are some links to check out for tonight’s event:

NHL skills competition: Can anybody challenge Shea Weber in the hardest shot contest?

Here are the events the NHL’s All-Stars will participate in at the skills competition

NHL explains new All-Star Skills Competition event