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Video: Tavares wins Accuracy Shooting

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NASHVILLE — It hasn’t been a banner year, production-wise, for John Tavares — but on Saturday night in Nashville, he was decidedly on point.

Tavares won the Accuracy Shooting contest at the ASG Skills Competition, hitting four targets in five attempts in 12.294 seconds to edge out Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski for the crown.

The Isles captain has 34 points in 44 games this year, which isn’t terrible production, but is below his usual average. His 0.77 points-per-game clip this season is his lowest since breaking in as a rookie in 2009-10.

 

Video: Chewbacca Burns, P.K. Jagr star in Breakaway Challenge

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NASHVILLE — This year’s Breakaway Challenge might’ve been the best in ASG Skills Competition history.

Led by a pair of colorful blueliners — San Jose’s Brent Burns and Montreal’s P.K. Subban — this year’s contest was a pretty entertaining affair, capped off with Subban paying tribute to the oldest All-Star and future Hall of Famer, Jaromir Jagr.

Also starring? Colorado’s Matt Duchene, Burns’ kid (Jagger) and Dierks Bentley, who had a pretty nice finish.

 

Video: Larkin wins fastest skater, breaks Gartner’s 20-year-old record

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NASHVILLE — They say the NHL is a young man’s game, and Dylan Larkin is the youngest player at this year’s All-Star Game.

So you see where this is going.

Larkin started Saturday night’s Skills Competition with a bang, winning the fastest skater competition with a 12.984 second effort, then beating Mike Gartner’s fastest lap record — a mark that’s stood for 20 years.

Larkin, 19, beat Gartner’s record of 13.38 seconds, set during the 1996 All-Star weekend in Boston.

Related: Larkin admits it’s ‘kinda crazy’ to hear the Yzerman comparisons

 

 

WATCH LIVE: ASG Skills Competition, from Nashville

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Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, you can catch the 2016 NHL All-Star Skills Competition on TV on NBCSN, or check it out live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE NOW TO WATCH LIVE ONLINE

Here’s who’s competing in what at the NHL ASG Skills Competition

Tonight’s action marks the first real “on-ice” product of the weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s been a lack of excitement or news. Here’s some relevant linkage from what PHT’s done live on location over the last few days:

Los Angeles will host the 2017 NHL All-Star game

Bettman rejects notion that the NHL is waiting for Seattle

John Scott’s going to enjoy the ride, ‘then go back to the real world’

Larkin admits it’s ‘kinda crazy’ to hear the Yzerman comparisons

Stamkos won’t deny it — contract situation’s ‘in your head, for sure’

NHL investigation of Patrick Kane still ‘ongoing’

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The National Hockey League has not yet closed its investigation of Patrick Kane following an alleged sexual assault in August, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed during All-Star weekend in Nashville.

More, from the Chicago Tribune:

Daly said the league’s investigation of the August incident in Western New York was still “ongoing” almost three months since Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita III did not charge Kane.

“When (the investigation) is done we’ll make an announcement,” Daly said.

Daly did not elaborate beyond that. When asked what the league could be looking into, considering there were no charges against Kane in the case, Daly said: “We have to satisfy ourselves with the facts.”

Back in early November, Sedita cited insufficient physical and DNA evidence and “significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses” as the reasons Kane wasn’t charged.

Kane’s accuser also signed an affidavit, informing the district attorney’s office that she no longer wanted to pursue criminal prosecution.

Following that news, Daly said the NHL would “promptly” review the situation.

“In light of the statement issued today by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, as an internal League matter, we intend to promptly review the information that may now be available to us,” he said. “We will have no further comment until we have completed that review.”

Related: Blackhawks GM says Kane is ‘absolutely’ part of team’s long-term plans