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2016 NHL Skills Competition Results: Eastern Conference Defeats Western Conference 29-12

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The Eastern and Western Conference all-stars faced off in the annual skills competition. The Eastern Conference came out on top with a 29-12 victory.

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The National Hockey League officially kicked off the All-Star weekend in Nashville this evening with the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Following hours of entertainment, the Eastern Conference knocked off the Western Conference by a final score of 29-12 heading into the All-Star game(s) tomorrow evening.

The full rundown and results for all of the events can be found down below.

Bridgestone Fastest Skater Competition

Winner: Eastern Conference (4-1 East)

Eastern Conference Time Western Conference Time
Dylan Larkin (DET) 12.894 Roman Josi (NSH) 13.527
Brandon Saad (CBJ) 13.634 Matt Duchene (COL) 14.026
Erik Karlsson (OTT) 14.630 Taylor Hall (EDM) 13.654
Kris Letang (PIT) 14.081 Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) 14.203
  • An interesting little twist included in this year's event was giving the winner a chance to beat Mike Gartner's record. It was previously set in 1996 and sure enough, Dylan Larkin beat the record by clocking in at 13.172 seconds. He even slipped nearing the end of the lap, and he probably would have crushed the record if he had a clean run. Impressive stuff from the young rookie.

Honda Breakaway Challenge

Winner: P.K. Subban (6-1 East)

  • After the best breakaway challenge to date, which included Brent Burns as Chewbacca, P.K. Subban stole the show with his Jaromir Jagr impersonation. He donned the mullet, a JOFA helmet and finished it off with the Jagr jersey. Fans voted on Twitter to decide the winner, and Subban took the crown with 39% of the votes.

DraftKings Accuracy Shooting

Winner: Eastern Conference (9-3 East)

Eastern Conference Time Western Conference Time
John Tavares (NYI) 12.294 Patrick Kane (CHI) 20.000
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 23.362 Joe Pavelski (SJS) 14.088
Claude Giroux (PHI) 17.254 Corey Perry (ANA) 13.771
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 16.179 Jamie Benn (DAL) 16.664
  • Both conferences wound up splitting the head-to-head showdowns, but John Tavares sealed the deal for the East with a time of 12.294 seconds.That earned the East an additional bonus point for the fastest time and they held a 9-3 lead heading into the relay event.

Gatorade Skills Challenge Relay

Winner: Western Conference (10-5 East)

Eastern Conference Position Western Conference Position
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) One-timer Shea Weber (NSH) One-timer
Erik Karlsson (OTT) One-timer Drew Doughty (LA) One-timer
Steven Stamkos (TB) One-timer Corey Perry (ANA) One-timer
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) Mini nets Daniel Sedin (VAN) Mini nets
Justin Faulk (CAR) Puck handling Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) Puck handling
Claude Giroux (PHI) Stick handling Patrick Kane (CHI) Stick handling
Braden Holtby (WSH) Goalie goals Pekka Rinne (NSH) Goalie goals
Total Time: 1:38.410 Total Time: 2:15.371

Eastern Conference Position Western Conference Position
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) One-timer Mark Giordano (CGY) One-timer
Leo Komarov (TOR) One-timer James Neal (NSH) One-timer
Ryan O'Reilly (BUF) One-timer Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) One-timer
Evengy Kuznetsov (WSH) Mini nets Jamie Benn (DAL) Mini nets
Kris Letang (PIT) Puck handling Roman Josi (NSH) Puck handling
Dylan Larkin (DET) Stick handling Tyler Seguin (DAL) Stick handling
Ben Bishop (TB) Goalie goals Devan Dubnyk (MIN) Goalie goals
Total Time: 1:44.446 Total Time: 1:27.687



AMP Hardest Shot

Winner: Western Conference (12-8 East)

Eastern Conference Speed (MPH) - Heat 1 Speed (MPH) - Heat 2 Western Conference Speed (MPH) - Heat 1 Speed (MPH) - Heat 2
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) 91.9 MPH 93.4 MPH Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) 99.6 MPH 99.4 MPH
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 97.0 MPH 94.1 MPH Tyler Seguin (DAL) 91.2 MPH 95.0 MPH
Steven Stamkos (TB) 98.5 MPH 103.9 MPH John Scott (*) 92.6 MPH 95.9 MPH
P.K. Subban (MTL) 102.3 MPH 101.3 MPH Shea Weber (NSH) 105.3 MPH 108.1 MPH

  • As expected, Shea Weber ran away with this event after registering a 108.1 MPH shot in his second heat. John Scott also made his first appearance of the skills competition and clocked in his hardest shot at 95.9 MPH. He also received a huge standing ovation from the home crowd in Nashville, and it was an awesome moment for a great individual.

Discover NHL Shootout

Winner: Eastern Conference(29-12 East)

  • After a rather slow start to this event by both conferences, the Eastern Conference ran away with the second half of the shootout. A lot of that was thanks in part to Roberto Luongo, Braden Holtby and Corey Schneider. All three goaltenders turned aside 26 of the 28 combined shots and gave the East a landslide victory by a final of 29-12.