COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Johansen of the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets pulled a kid out of the stands and guided him to a goal to win the breakaway challenge, and Nashville's Shea Weber fired the hardest shot with a 108.5-mph blast at the NHL All-Stars skills competition on Saturday night.
Weber missed the net on his first attempt but made up for that with a shot second only to five-time winner Zdeno Chara's 108.8-mph drive in 2012.
The team captained by Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno defeated one led by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, 25-19.
Chicago's Patrick Kane had the fastest time in the accuracy shooting, and Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin was the fastest skater.
The breakaway challenge proved to be the most innovative of the lighthearted competitions.
Johansen pulled Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt's 7-year-old son, Cole, out of the stands to score a goal to the delight of the crowd. The center also endeared himself to Ohio State fans by pulling off his Blue Jackets sweater to reveal a No.5 Ohio State jersey — similar to one worn by injured quarterback Braxton Miller — on his first shot.
Johansen also employed a star-laden V-formation on his third and final attempt.
Moments later, Philadelphia's Jake Voracek did exactly what Johansen did — except instead of a little boy he grabbed diminutive Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau and guided him toward scoring a goal.