Tag: 2012 NHL All-Star Game

Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

Team Alfredsson wins All-Star skills competition, Stamkos captures shootout crown


On Thursday night, Daniel Alfredsson’s GM skills were called into question during the All-Star Fantasy Draft.

On Saturday night, Alfie’s picks made a lot of sense.

Team Alfredsson put forth a commanding performance at the 2012 All-Star Skills competition, beating Team Chara by a 21-12 score.

See: Best of the Night — NHL All-Stars skills competition

Alfredsson built his team largely on Senators teammates and fellow Swedes, which included his first-round selection, Erik Karlsson. That was in stark contrast to Chara, who loaded up early in the draft — Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa were among his first four picks — and seemed to take the GM gig quite seriously. (“When his playing days are over, he may want to get into NHL management, so this is good training for him,” said his agent, Matt Keator.)

As for the competition itself:

Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin won the fastest skater over Ottawa’s Colin Greening.

Dallas’ Jamie Benn captured most accurate shooter over Matt Read.

Chara beat Nashville’s Shea Weber in the hardest shot contest.

Patrick “Superman” Kane received the most fan votes to win the breakaway challenge.

— Team Alfredsson beat Team Chara in the skills challenge relay.

— And, in an impressive performance, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steve Stamkos went three-for-three to win the elimination shootout:

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Stamkos also impressed during the skills challenge replay, hammering one-timers into the net from acute angles.

“You kind of incorporate everything into that with one-timers, passing, accuracy and stick-handling and mobility,” Stamkos told NHL.com. “It’s kind of all the aspects that you need to be a successful hockey player in the NHL.

“It gives the fans something to look forward to and for the guys it allows everyone to get involved.”

Video: Chara’s 108.8 mph blast sets hardest shot record

Zdeno Chara

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara broke his own record Saturday night, firing a 108.8 mph blast en route to winning the 2012 NHL All-Star hardest shot competition.

Chara, who has now won the last five hardest shot events, defeated Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the final. Weber recorded blasts of 104.9 and 106 mph — the latter also breaking Chara’s old record of 105.9 — but couldn’t top the 6-foot-9 Slovakian rearguard, who wowed the Scotiabank Center crowd with an absolute bomb in the opening round:

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Chara’s lazer wasn’t the only one stunning the largely pro-Ottawa crowd. A pair of Senators — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza — both clocked triple digits on their shots, much to the surprise of those in attendance. Spezza slammed a 100.5 mph shot into the cage while Alfredsson, Ottawa’s 39-year-old captain, hit 101.3 on the gun.

In the rookie battle, Buffalo’s Luke Adam (98.3) beat Carolina’s Justin Falk (95.9). Alfredsson defeated Washington’s Dennis Wideman (95.3) in his head-to-head matchup while Spezza pulled somewhat of an upset in defeating Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, who owns one of the hardest shots in the game.

Patrick Kane dons cape, wins All-Star Breakaway Challenge

Patrick Kane

Much like burritos, Patrick Kane knows breakaways.

The namesake of Qdoba’s Kaner Con Queso won the second event of the 2012 NHL All-Stars skills competition — the Breakaway Challenge. Three shooters (one Rookie and two All-Stars) and one goalie from each team took part, attempting three breakaways. The “winner” was chosen by fans voting via text message and Kane’s Clark Kent-inspired getup proved to be their favorite.

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Team Chara: Ryan Johansen, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry

Team Alfredsson: Sean Couturier, John Tavares, Logan Couture


Team Chara: Carey Price

Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott


As mentioned above, Kane won with his “Superman”-inspired costume (47 percent of votes), earning Team Chara one point.

“I was just thinking about it the past day or so,” Kane told NHL.com about his trick shot. “I thought all the shooters did a great job. It’s a tough even for us, too, because you don’t want to look stupid. I put some things together and lucky enough, I won.”