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Saturday, January 29, 2011
SuperSkills notes

By Mark Stepneski

Team Staal beat Team Lidstrom 33-22 in the NHL SuperSkills competition Saturday night.

A few notes on how Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson fared.

Eriksson finished third in the Breakaway Challenge, which is geared towards creativity on a breakaway and is judged by fans. Eriksson scored a goal on one of his four shots by circling around the net a couple times and then slipping the puck by Montreal's Carey Price. Alex Ovechkin won the event and P.K. Subban finished second.

Brad Richards took out four targets on five shots in the Accuracy Shooting, but in his head-to-head competition with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler he fell short because Kesler hit four targets in a shorter amount of time. Vancouver's Daniel Sedin won the event, hitting eight of nine shots.

Richards and Eriksson were teamed together in the Skills Challenge Relay. Both players were shooters in the competition - Richards from mid-range and Eriksson from the side of the net. Their group ended up with the best time in that event, which was won by Team Lidstrom.

Eriksson and Richards both were knocked out in the first round of the Elimination Shootout and both were foiled by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made poke check stops on each player.

Some other notes. Boston's Zdeno Chara won the hardest shot competition with a blast that clocked in at 105.9 miles per hour, a new record. Finishing second was Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators at 104.8.

Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders won the Fastest Skater event.