Chara, Seguin in Hardest Shot Competition

Chara, Seguin in Hardest Shot Competition

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. The roster have been set for the Toyota Superskills Challenge involving the NHL All-Stars at the RBC Center, and it appears both Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin will take part in the hardest shot competition.Eric Staal and his team captains sat down with NHL events coordinator Brendan Shanahan on Saturday afternoon, and came up with the rosters for the skills competitions set to take place tonight.Chara is the reigning champion with a slap shot of 105.4 miles per hour achieved on the Bell Centre ice in Montreal during the 2009 All-Star game, and is seen as the prohibitive favorite in the competition again this season. The 18-year-old Seguin will also compete for Team Staal along with Chara, and it should be interesting since Seguin isnt particularly renowned for a booming slapper.Chara will also take part in the Skills Challenge Relay, and both skaters will participate in the Elimination Shootout at the end of the skills competition. Tim Thomas will take part as one of the goalies involved, but yet again this season theres no real defining skill competition for the masked men.Here's a full rundown of the participants courtesy of NHL.com: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Michael Grabner New York Islanders
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Marc Staal New York Rangers
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins Team Lidstrom
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Keith Yandle Phoenix CoyotesThe Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, the first event of Honda NHL SuperSkills,
will consist of six preliminary races with two players skating at one time taking one lap of the ice; the players from each team with the fastest time for their team will then meet in one final match race. One of the races will be between two players skating backwards. To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http:bit.lyeEOay4BlackBerry NHL Breakaway ChallengeTeam Staal
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals

Team Lidstrom
Evgeny Dadonov Florida Panthers
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Sedin Vancouver CanucksThe fan favorite BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge returns again this year, the event Alex Ovechkin has made his own by taking home the title each of the first two years. A test of the amount of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, fans in-arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will be able to vote for their favorite player by texting the number that corresponds to the player of their choice to 81812. Each skater will attempt four shots with no limits. Shooters can start their attempt from anywhere with full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. The shooter with the highest fan vote will score four points for his team, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Logan Couture San Jose Sharks
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Passer: Dan Boyle San Jose Sharks
Passer: Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche Team Lidstrom
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat Minnesota Wild
Derek Stepan New York Rangers
Passer: Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings
Passer: Danny Briere Philadelphia FlyersFrom 25 feet in front of the net, shooters take aim at four foam targets attached to the inner side of the goalposts. The objective is to hit all of the targets in the fastest time. A total of eight points are available. The winner of each match scores one point. The players with the fastest time from each team will go head-to-head in the final round for the title of the NHL's most accurate shooter and two additional team points. To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.G Series NHL Skills Challenge RelayTeam Staal
Group 1
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
Dan Boyle San Jose Sharks
Tyler Ennis Buffalo Sabres
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks Group 2
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Jamie McBain Carolina Hurricanes
David Backes St. Louis Blues
Marc Staal New York Rangers
Jeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes Team Lidstrom
Group 1
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Loui Eriksson Dallas Stars
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Jonathan Toews Chicago BlackhawksGroup 2
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta Thrashers
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat Minnesota Wild
Kevin Shattenkirk Colorado Avalanche
Danny Briere Philadelphia FlyersThis new event for 2011 is an all-around competition that will showcase the one-timer, passing, puck control, stick-handling and accuracy shooting in four exciting relays. In the one-timer event, three shooters (with the assistance of one passer) must score three goals over an eight inch barrier; in the passing event, one passer must complete a pass into each of the six nets set up around the rink; in the puck control event, one skater will skate through a series of cones while keeping possession of the puck; in the stick handling event, one skater will control the puck through a series of obstacles; and in the accuracy shooting event, one player will take aim at four targets. Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill in this timed relay event worth a total of eight points. The group with the fastest time will score four points, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.XM NHL Hardest Shot - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
David Backes St. Louis Blues
Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks Team Lidstrom
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta Thrashers
Brent Burns - Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Cam Fowler Anaheim DucksBruins blueliner Zdeno Chara not only won his third consecutive XM NHL Hardest Shot competition in 2009, but his blast of 105.4 miles an hour broke the all-time record previously held by Al Iafrate and set in 1993. The event returns this year with six head-to-head matches. Two players will square off in each round, valued at one point each. The highest recorded shot (by radar in mph) will earn one point for his team. The players from each team with the hardest single shot will meet in a final match, with two points scored to the winner, to determine the NHL's hardest shooter.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.Discover NHL Elimination ShootoutThe battle between Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will be ultimately decided as all of the All-Stars and Rookies compete in the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout, a time-honored game of hockey survivor. Shooters who score will move on to the next round in the shootout, with the All-Star goalies rotating after every third shooter. Rounds of the shootout will continue until only one player scores and the other(s) don't; the last scoring shooter wins. Every goal scored will count as one point for his team.

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season. 


 

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins, looking for a spark after terrible, back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, are hoping the return of Matt Beleskey from a knee injury can help provide the inspiration. 

The blue-collar left winger has missed the past 23 games with a torn MCL in his right knee suffered in early December against the Buffalo Sabres, but now he’s easing back into the lineup on the fourth line in Friday night’s showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beleskey was skating with Dominic Moore and Austin Czarnik on the fourth line at morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena and should be expected to throw a few hard hits and play with some intensity in his return.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get back out there,” said Beleskey, who has been skating with the team for roughly a week after giving the knee sufficient time to heal. “I’ve just got to keep it simple and do what I do well: Be hard on pucks, take the body and just try and find your groove. You don’t want to expect too much in your first game back, but you just want to be able to contribute.

“’I’ve been saving [the pent-up energy] for a while, so I’m ready to get back out there and hopefully provide a spark for us.”

The Beleskey return also provides the player with a bit of a reset button after a slow start to the season that saw him with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 24 games played for the Black and Gold prior to his injury. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairs against the Blackhawks based on morning skate today:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Beleskey/Blidh-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

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