What's supposed to be a fun weekend of getting know just how skilled our favourite players are, turned into a blowout win by the Eastern Conference by a score of 29-12.
The Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater saw a new face this year and not only did Dylan Larkin seem to have a good time, he broke Mike Gartner's old record of 13.386 and made history with a skating time of 13.172, giving the East an edge by a score of 5-1 in the first challenge.
There was only one point up for grabs in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge and it was based on fan votes. Even though Brent Burns brought the cuteness when his son shot on net, it was P.K. Subban who took the point, winning 31% of the fan votes for his Jaromir Jagr impression.
The DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting was won by John Tavares with a time of 12.294, giving the East a 3-2 win.
And then it was time for Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano to show off their skills in the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay. Team East took the win in Heat 1 with a time of 1:38:41 after Nicklas Backstrom, Claude Giroux, and Braden Holtby showed off their shooting and puck handling skills, while Team West struggled because Patrick Kane lost the puck in the puck handling challenge and Pekka Rinne struggled to bury the puck at the other end of the ice. On a good note, Johnny Gaudreau proved why he's got arguably the silkiest mitts in the NHL as he wound around the pylons with ease. It just wasn't enough for the West, and they lost because of a time of 2:15:371.
Up next was Mark Giordano for Team West. He aced the shots from the blue line and led his team to a time of 1:27:687. When Kris Letang lost the puck around the pylons and Dylan Larkin struggled with his puck handling, the West got the edge over the East in the second heat of the Skills Challenge and Team West won with a final score of 2-1.
During the AMP NHL Hardest Shot challenge, Shea Weber proved once again that he reigns supreme with a speed of 108.1 mph. Weber won last year with a speed of 108.5. And Zdeno Chara holds the record with a speed of 108.8.
Lastly, the Discover NHL Shootout challenge was a blowout with the East owning the West by a final score of 17-4.
The final score overall was Team East 29 points and Team West 12 points.
Don't forget to prep yourself for tomorrow's All Star Game by reading our game preview. And we will have a game recap tomorrow night after the game.