ATLANTA (AP) _ Alex Ovechkin won the breakaway challenge in the
N-H-L's SuperSkills competition tonight, leading the Eastern
Conference to a 9-6 victory over the West in the preview to the
Ovechkin's artistry was rewarded by a panel of judges who
rewarded creativity over scoring shots.
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk went to his knees for a sliding shot.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf went behind the net before shooting.
Washington's Ovechkin bounced the puck off his stick before
whiffing on a baseball swing but still earned 32 points.
For his second try, Ovechkin scooped the puck off the ice,
flipped it into the air, spun on the ice and took another baseball
swing -- again missing but again drawing big points from the
celebrity panel of former Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, N-B-A
Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks, actor Taylor
Kitsch and broadcaster Bill Clement.
The Eastern Conference, sparked by a YoungStars victory, won the
last four events in the overall competition.
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