So much has been made about other players being scared to face Connor McDavid in the fastest skater competition at the 2018 All-Star Game Skills Challenge, you wonder if the event might eventually follow the NBA’s slam dunk contests, with players bowing out for ego reasons.
Just like last year, McDavid won this year’s fastest skater competition, coming in with a time of 13.454 seconds, a bit slower than last year’s mark. The top three ended up being Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres (Eichel recovered from a bad start). Point wasn’t far off at 13.579 and Eichelf finished with 13.828.
Interesting tidbit here:
Apparently Dylan Larkin still owns the fastest time, via the Red Wings:
Here’s the full list of scores.
“[The crowd was] nice to me,” McDavid said. “I crossed the line, I figured they’d cheer, which meant I lost or there was going to be nothing and that meant I won. There was not much being said, which was a good thing for me.”
Puck control relay
There’s speed, and there’s speed plus control. The puck control relay was a cool new wrinkle, and Johnny Gaudreau set a standard that could not be matched.
Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, takes the prize for best cheater.
Here are the full results from a fun contest.
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