Saturday, January 28, 2012
You Better Have A Will When You Step In Front Of A Slap Shot By Zdeno Chara
The 2012 NHL All-Star skill competition was tonight in Ottawa and Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did not disappoint. Team Alfredsson actually beat Team Chara 21-12 but that doesn't matter one bit.
For the fifth consecutive season, Big Z won the hardest shot contest and even better, he absolutely destroyed his record (105.9 mph) from last season with a missile that was clocked at 108.8 mph.
Nashville's Shea Weber came in second place with a top shot of 106.0 mph. Apparently Chara had a new stick by Warrior so I guess that explains how he increased his slapper by almost three mph. It just goes to show you how insane you have to be to step in front of his shot, either to block it or deflect it.
The other Boston participants were Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas. Seguin was the second-worst in accuracy shooting (30.092 seconds to hit all four targets on the net) and he was stopped by Blues goaltender Brian Elliott in the elimination shootout.
I didn't see the event live and reading the story, there's no mention of Thomas' performance but there was a highlight or two of him making some saves so I guess he did alright. Haha nobody goes to the skills competition or the All-Star game for that matter to watch the goaltenders pitch shutouts.
The All-Star game is tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. EST. Seguin tweeted that he will be on a line with Toronto's Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. Chara will get plenty of ice time but nobody is pushed too hard in an All-Star game; Thomas will most likely play for a period.