In the end, it wasn't even close, yet everybody won.
The Eastern Conference put the Western Conference through the ringer Saturday night at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, pulling away in the shootout challenge and winning the event 29-12.
By winning the competition, the Eastern Conference decided to play in the first semifinal game Sunday in the 3-on-3 tournament, which will pit the Metropolitan Division against the Atlantic Division.
Sunday's All-Star tournament begins at 5 p.m. ET, and will feature three 20-minute games between divisional teams, with $1 million going to the winning squad.
|Event||Eastern Points||Western Points|
|Skill Challenge Relay||1||2|
It was a fun night in Nashville, with personalities on display, and by all accounts one of the better skills competitions in recent years.
The East got off to a quick start in the fastest skater challenge, earning five of six points. Detroit Red Wings rookie phenom Dylan Larkin broke Mike Gartner's 1996 record, skating a lap in a ridiculous 13.172 seconds, earning the East an additional point, and giving it a 5-1 lead.
The West finally got on the board in the Skills Challenge, winning the event but still trailing 10-5 after four events.
The East embarrassed the West in the Shootout challenge. The three-round event saw Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo shut the door, and the East scored 20 goals to the West's four to clinch the 2016 All-Star Skills Competition.