Atlantic wins skills competition as Rask, Marchand shine in shootout
For their first appearance in a skills competition, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask fared pretty well in Tinseltown.
As part of Saturday’s skills competition, the two Bruins’ representatives helped the Atlantic Division to a victory over the Metropolitan, Pacific and Central divisions.
The Atlantic victory was solidified in the final event of the evening – the shootout – which began with Brad Marchand beating Mike Smith in the five-hole.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 29, 2017
Tuukka Rask, donning a pretty impressive mask specifically for this weekend’s festivities, closed the round by stopping all five shots he faced, including a glove save on local LA favorite Jeff Carter, to secure the Atlantic’s win.
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) January 29, 2017
Other significant highlights from Saturday’s game include:
Mike Smith going coast to coast during the four-line challenge:
Connor McDavid winning the fastest skater:
Sidney Crosby being smooth in the shooting accuracy event:
Shea Weber once again winning the hardest shot:
Shea Weber. Money. 102.8 MPH. pic.twitter.com/N4EClRdb7k
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 29, 2017
And Ryan Kesler’s son – and perhaps future Bruin – scoring on Carey Price:
Oh, and Snoop Dogg was in the house:
As a result of coming out on top of the skills competition, the Atlantic chose to face the Metropolitan division in the second game of the 3-on-3 NHL All Star Game. The winner will face either the Pacific or Central division in the finale.