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Shootout prowess of Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis falls short in All-Star skills event

ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION: The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos takes time to sign autographs while walking the red carpet before Saturday’s All-Star Game skills competition.

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ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION: The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos takes time to sign autographs while walking the red carpet before Saturday’s All-Star Game skills competition.

St. Louis' shootout prowess falls short

RALEIGH, N.C. — Marty St. Louis faked out Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price, but his fancy moves didn't faze Cam Ward.

One of the final two players in the elimination shootout at the All-Star skills competition Saturday, St. Louis couldn't get the puck past the Hurricanes' Ward, which left the Ducks' Corey Perry the winner. The Lightning star had made it through two rounds by scoring on the Rangers' Lundqvist and the Canadiens' Price with a move that had him skating in on them backward then turning while doing nifty puck-handling.

In the other events, the Bruins' Zdeno Chara set the hardest-shot record with a 105.9 mph blast to win for the fourth straight time. He broke his record of 105.4 set in 2009. The Lightning's Steven Stamkos was fourth with a shot of 101.9. The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin won the breakaway challenge, the Islanders' Michael Grabner fastest skater, the Canucks' Daniel Sedin shooting accuracy and All-Star captain Nick Lidstrom's team, with St. Louis and Stamkos, the skills challenge relay. Points were complied throughout, and captain Eric Staal's team won the competition 33-22.

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Shootout prowess of Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis falls short in All-Star skills event 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 10:58pm]
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