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.
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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.
The NHL's best - and John Scott - are in Nashville this weekend to put their talents on display. The All-Star Skills Competition took place Saturday night, and theScore has you covered, from the red carpet to the final event.
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The Eastern Conference was up 12-8 heading into the sixth and final challenge: the shootout. And the East absolutely dominated, scoring 20 goals to the West's four. Roberto Luongo was perfect in goal, and the East won the Skills Competition 29-12.
Shea Weber is your back-to-back champion. He blew away the field in front of his home crowd in Nashville, his hardest shot coming in at 108.1 miles per hour.
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The Western Conference took the Skills Challenge title.
New York Islanders captain John Tavares put on a snipe show to take the title of the league's most accurate shooter.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban entertained the hockey world Saturday with a tribute to Jaromir Jagr in the Breakaway Challenge, putting on a Florida Panthers jersey, a mullet, and an old JOFA helmet. Yeah, of course he won it.
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Dylan Larkin can fly. The Detroit Red Wings rookie made history in the fastest skater challenge, winning the competition and breaking Mike Gartner's 1996 record, skating a full lap in only 13.172 seconds.