The following is an edited version of the official release from the NHL:
NASHVILLE -- The top stars from the Eastern Conference will compete against the Western Conference throughout the night for points in the overall team vs. team competition at the All-Star Game skills competition on Saturday. Individual champions also will be crowned.
--Skills challenge relay; Winner: Western Conference
--Shootout; Winner: Eastern Conference
OVERALL WINNER: Eastern Conference 29, Western Conference 12
Team captains, Jaromir Jagr and John Tavares for the Eastern Conference, and Patrick Kane and John Scott for the Western Conference, led the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six All-Star Skills Competition events. Each All-Star will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests.
The winning conference earns the right to select when its semifinal matchup will be played, first or second, for the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Central Division All-Stars will face the Pacific Division All-Stars and the Atlantic Division All-Stars will face the Metropolitan Division All-Stars in the two semifinal games of the three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format.
Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The racetrack for the head-to-head matchups is the border of the rink split in half lengthwise. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head matchups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 seconds. If, at the completion of the event, two skaters are tied for the fastest overall time, both skaters will skate a full lap of the rink in an attempt to break the historical best record.
Points Available: 6 – The winner of each matchup scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Gartner’s record, an additional bonus point will be awarded.
Fans will have two opportunities to vote in the Breakaway Challenge. While five spots will be determined by team captains, one guaranteed spot in this event will be determined by the fans, who will vote on Twitter as part of the Breakaway Challenge Fan Vote campaign.
Each team will provide one goalie to participate in this challenge. Each shooter will attempt two shots, and teams will alternate after each shot. Style, creativity and flair are encouraged. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply.
As soon as the last competitor completes his routine, fans in the arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will get another opportunity to make their case on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice. The shooter with the highest fan vote will be crowned the Breakaway Challenge winner and score one point for his team.
Four shooters from each team will participate, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head matchups, with one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate attempts. The first shooter to hit all four targets wins.
Points Available: 5 -- The winner of each matchup scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point.
Skills Challenge Relay
Winner: Western Conference
This timed relay event -- involving 14 skaters and two goalies from each team -- will consist of four relays with five challenges each: one-timers, with three shooters and one passer per team; passing, with one passer per team; puck control, with one skater per team; stick-handling, with one skater per team; and goalie goals, with one goalie per team.
Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next challenge with the exception of one timers, passing and goalie goals, in which a maximum of 45 seconds will be allocated. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent.
Points Available: 3 -- The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point.
Four shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head matchup. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour, with the highest speed of their two shots recorded.
Points Available: 5 -- The winner of each matchup scores one point; the team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point.
Winner: Eastern Conference
Eighteen skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, six skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. Teams will alternate after each shot with each player having a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot.
Players one and three from each team will get a special designation and each goal scored by these players will count as two points. NHL shootout rules apply to each scoring attempt.
Points Available: 1 point for every goal scored; 2 points for every goal scored with a puck of special designation.