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All-Star flubs: Phil Kessel’s irrelevance, Tim Thomas falls and broken sticks for Alex Ovechkin

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game hasn’t begun yet, but this weekend’s buildup already created some embarrassing moments. Luckily all three All-Stars handled those moments with some good humor, whether the effects were out of their hands or self imposed.

In the first video, you’ll see the squirm-inducing moment in which Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel went last in the Friday Fantasy Draft. He actually went second to last in the PHT Mock Draft, so these results aren’t that stunning. To be fair to Kessel, Erik Karlsson may have been the last pick if there weren’t requirements for drafting goalies and defensemen earlier.

Tim Thomas is one of the best personalities of all the league’s goalies, which even is apparent in the way he plays the game. It’s good that he has a great sense of humor because he took an amusing spill during the fastest skater competition, which you can see in the second video.

The final clip captures the hockey stick difficulties faced by Alex Ovechkin, who handled it with humor and confusion.

Kessel as Mr. Irrelevant:

Thomas falls:

Ovechkin’s hardest shot problems:

2011 NHL SuperSkills results: Zdeno Chara breaks his own record with 105.9 mph slapper in hardest shot contest

Zdeno Chara

No one should forget about Al Iafrate’s astounding ability to unleash a slap shot … and many won’t thanks in large part because of his astounding balding mullet. (Some call it a skullet.) Yet Zdeno Chara’s brooding presence is re-writing the hardest shot record books, as he broke his own record with an absurd 105.9 mile per hour slap shot to win the hardest shot competition.

Here are the full results from the contest. I’m listing best speeds only for the sake of simplicity.

Brent Burns: (98.4 mph) beats David Backes: (96.9 mph). One point for Team Lidstrom.

Rookie match: Tyler Seguin (95.7 mph) beats Cam Fowler (93.7 mph). One point for Team Staal.

Patrick Sharp (94.6 mph) barely beats Anze Kopitar (94.5 mph). One point for Team Staal.

Shea Weber (104.8 mph) beats Zdeno Chara (104.1 mph). One point for Team Lidstrom.

Dustin Byfuglien (101.3 mph, 102.4 mph) beats Rick Nash (91.4 mph). One point for Team Lidstrom.

Steven Stamkos (101.9 mph) beats Alex Ovechkin (98.2 mph). One point for Team Lidstrom.


Zdeno Chara (105.9 mph – new record!) beats Shea Weber (103.4 mph). Two points for Team Staal.

Both sides tie 4-4 in this round, leaving Team Staal up 25-15 over Team Lidstrom.

NHL SuperSkills participants named; Chara going for fourth straight hardest shot


With the NHL SuperSkills competition set to kick off at 7 p.m. tonight, the NHL announced who will be taking part in the different skills competitions tonight. The highlight of the night is usually the hardest shot competition and Boston’s Zdeno Chara will be aiming to win his fourth straight hardest shot title.

As usual, the sides will be split up into teams with Team Lidstrom and Team Staal competing for points. ¬†Chara will be on Team Staal and joining him to take home the hardest shot title will be Alex Ovechkin, David Backes, Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, and Patrick Sharp. On team Lidstrom, Chara’s main competition will be Nashville’s Shea Weber and Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien. Joining those two will be Anze Kopitar, Brent Burns, Cam Fowler, and Steve Stamkos.

Chara took home last year’s title with a shot of 105.4 miles per hour breaking Al Iafrate’s 1993 record.

In the accuracy competition we recall years in the past when Ray Bourque would hit four targets in four shots. Looking to latch on to Bourque’s legacy this time around will be Team Staal’s Rick Nash, Daniel Sedin, Eric Staal, Logan Couture, Patrik Elias, and Ryan Kesler. Team Lidstrom counters with Brad Richards, Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Martin Havlat, and Derek Stepan.

While the shootout has made the breakaway challenge a bit less exciting, this year’s participants might bring the fireworks back. Team Staal will featuer Montreal’s P.K. Subban along with Corey Perry and Alex Ovechkin.

I asked Subban last night if he had any tricks to break out tonight he said, “I don’t know man, I just got added to the team so I haven’t really thought about it. With all the people watching though, I might have to come up with something. I can’t tell you what though.”

Team Lidstrom counters with Evgeny Dadonov, Anze Kopitar, and Henrik Sedin. Dadonov might prove to be the surprise of the competition. Ovechkin has won this competition twice and has a bit of a flare for the dramatic himself including using two sticks and donning a hat with flags in it.

If speed is more your thing, the fastest skater competition features six skaters for both teams. Michael Grabner, Mike Green, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Kesler, Marc Staal, and Kris Letang. Team Lidstrom throws out Duncan Keith, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Martin St. Louis, Steve Stamkos, and Keith Yandle. Expect Grabner to be the odds on favorite to win this but keep your eyes on Matt Duchene and Taylor Hall to challenge.

Other events include the skills challenge relay and the NHL elimination shootout. Those will feature virtually everyone else who wasn’t named already.