Eastern Conference dominates as NHL All-Stars put skills on display

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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
Fastest Skater 5 1
Breakaway Challenge 1 0
Accuracy Shooting 3 2
Skill Challenge Relay 1 2
Hardest Shot 2 3
Shootout 17 4
TOTAL 29 12

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.

P.K. Subban won the the Breakaway Challenge, earning another point for the East, after he brilliantly paid tribute to Jaromir Jagr.

Up 6-1 heading into the third event, New York Islanders captain John Tavares kept the East going, winning the Accuracy Shooting Challenge.

The West finally got on the board in the Skills Challenge, winning the event but still trailing 10-5 after four events.

Shea Weber brought the West a little closer - and Nashville Predators fans to their feet - by winning the Hardest Shot Challenge. The score was 12-8 for the East heading into the final event.

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.

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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.

Post-Competition Reaction


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.

Hardest Shot

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.

Skills Challenge

The Western Conference took the Skills Challenge title.

Accuracy Competition

New York Islanders captain John Tavares put on a snipe show to take the title of the league's most accurate shooter.

Breakaway Challenge

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.

Fastest Skater

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.


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