2015 All-Star Skills competition results

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The rosters have been selected, the trash talk has begun flowing. On Sunday, Team Foligno and Team Toews will battle it out for All-Star supremacy in Columbus, but Saturday night will see the teams go head-to-head for individual bragging rights in the Skills Competition. 

Below are the individual events and the players chosen to participate. Full rules and scoring information can be found here.

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Phil Kessel appears to live in perpetual fear of embarrassment, judging by his interview with Pierre McGuire prior to the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition, where he told McGuire he would “try not to embarrass” himself. Kessel beat Tyler Seguin in their head-to-head heat that was filled with all kinds of irony, and helped Team Foligno win the event. 

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-- Katie Brown

When Ryan Johansen took off his Blue Jackets jersey and revealed an Ohio State jersey before his first breakaway attempt, that might have been enough for him to win the fan vote for the event alone. He went one step further and plucked a small child (no, it wasn’t Johnny Gaudreau) for his second attempt. No one else stood a chance. Well, except for Jakub Voracek and Gaudreau, who spoofed Johansen’s attempt. How sweet.

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-- Katie Brown

Possibly the scariest thing about this competition? How fast the players were rifling their shots, and with pretty stunning accuracy. Well, except for Bobby Ryan, who just couldn't get that last target and almost opted to go all Happy Gilmore on us. "And here comes the putter throw!"

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-- Michael Blinn

The last time the NHL held an All-Star game in 2012, Zdeno Chara won the hardest shot competition, clocking in at 108.8MPH. This year, Shea Weber’s 108.5 MPH shot terrified everyone. Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel, watching from the bench, are probably hoping they never end up on the other end of a Weber slapshot.

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--Katie Brown

Is this competition really fair to the goalies, who have spent the majority of the night chilling on the sidelines? Step into the net and try to defend against some of the NHL's best danglers and snipers? Years ago, the league used a 3-on-0 variety of the Shootout, and I don't remember many of the goalies enjoying it -- at least they had a fighting chance this time around. 

Despite seeing some of the fastest hands and incredible moves, it was Roberto Luongo who stole the show with this stop on Jiri Sekac: 

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-- Michael Blinn