Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (above) and left winger James Neal helped Team Alfredsson beat Team Chara, 21-12, in the NHL’s skills competition at ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa.
Letang, playing for a team drafted by Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, defeated Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell in the backwards portion of the fastest skater competition with a time of 14.031. Campbell’s time was 14.826.
Letang and Neal also helped Team Alfredsson claim the first half of the skills replay competition with a time of 2:28. Team Chara – drafted by Boston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara – had a time of 2:45.
In the shootout competition. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, playing for Team Chara, scored on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the first round but was denied by Lundqvist in the second.
Letang scored on Detroit Red wings goaltender Jimmy Howard in the first round but was stopped by Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in the second. Neal was denied by Thomas in the first round.
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