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Eichel competes in NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Jack Eichel finished third in fastest skater competition

January 28, 2018 - 8:59 am
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Mike Jafari
@mjafariWGR


The 2018 NHL All-Stars Skills Competition was held in Tampa Bay, Florida on Saturday night,with one Buffalo Sabre taking part in the event.

Jack Eichel was the lone Sabres player at this year's festivities, and the star center competed in the fastest skater challenge. Eichel finished third in the competition, completing the lap at 13.828 seconds. The 21-year old finished just behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point at 13.579 seconds, and winner Connor McDavid at 13.454 seconds. The Edmonton Oilers' captain is the first player in NHL history to win the Fastest Skater event in back-to-back years.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo won the passing challenge, completing the course in a dominant time of 46.610. Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal was second with a time of 54.679.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury won the save streak challenge as he put on a show with a streak of 14 straight saves against some of the NHL's best.

The puck control relay was next with Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau taking home the crown, needing just 24.65 seconds to take the event.

Some might think 32-year-old Alex Ovechkin would lose some zip on his shot as he grows older, but that wasn't the case on Saturday when he won the hardest shot challenge with a blazing 101.3 mph slapper. Ovechkin was the first forward to win the event since Sergei Federov in 2002.

The event concluded with the accuracy shooting challenge where Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser bested them all, completing the challenge in just 11.136 seconds. Boeser also broke the plexiglassone on one of the electronic targets in the event.

Up next is the NHL All-Star Game, which gets underway Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. You can hear the game on WGR.

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