The festivities are under way in Los Angeles, California for the 2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Here you will find up-to-the-minute results and noteworthy events from the skills competition.
Before it Even Started...
Having Snoop Dogg as your DJ can lead to some trouble.
In case you were unaware, Mr. Dogg tends to use some explicit language in his hippity hop music, and someone forgot to use the clean version of the intro to his song, “The Next Episode”.
NBC apologized for the language when they returned from the next commercial break.
Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay
The Metropolitan Division dominated the skills challenge relay, recording the best time amongst the four divisions.
Central Division (1:44.03) vs. Pacific Division (2:03.12)
Atlantic Division (1:39.69) vs. Metropolitan Division (1:21.7)
The Central and Metropolitan divisions both got one point for winning their head-to-head matchups and the Metro got the extra point for having the fastest overall time.
Honda NHL Four Line Challenge
Replacing the breakaway challenge this year is the four line challenge, and the Pacific Division uh... did much better than everyone else in the event.
Thanks to a goal-line-to-goal-line goal from Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, the Pacific ran away with a win in the event and picked up their first point of the night.
pacific division hero mike smith pic.twitter.com/wOfnx9DcOk— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 29, 2017
Smith is the last goalie to a score an NHL goal, and he didn’t disappoint here.
DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
No one beat Daniel Sedin’s ludicrous 7.3-second shooting accuracy record, but Sidney Crosby came close as he hit all four targets in 10.73 seconds to beat Auston Matthews in the head-to-head matchup and get a point for the Metro.
The Atlantic Division would get a point in the event as Buffalo’s Kyle Okposo defeated last year’s event winner John Tavares.
In the Western Conference matchups, Connor McDavid and Jeff Carter won their head-to-heads and got two points for the Pacific Division.
Halfway through the skills competition, here is the score:
Metropolitan Division 4, Pacific Division 3, Central Division 1, Atlantic Division 1
Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
Dylan Larkin stole last year’s fastest skater competition, posting a record time of 13.172 seconds around the perimeter of the rink.
Connor McDavid made a valiant effort after winning his head-to-head race against Nathan MacKinnon, but fell just short of beating Larkin's record.
McDavid’s win got the Pacific Division one point.
The Central Division didn't come out empty-handed, though. Patrik Laine edged out Bo Horvat to give the Central one point in the event.
The Atlantic swept the Metropolitan in the two head-to-head races as Nikita Kucherov and Vincent Trocheck beat Cam Atkinson and Wayne Simmonds, respectively.
Oscar Meyer NHL Hardest Shot
In the most shocking development of the night, Shea Weber won the hardest shot competition.
Okay, not really shocking.
Weber’s 102.8 mph shot beat Alex Ovechkin’s effort in the head-to-head, which gave the Atlantic two points.
Seth Jones’ 98.1 mph shot edged out Victor Hedman and gave the Metro one point for the event.
Laine recorded the second fastest shot of the event at 101.7 mph, which was four mph faster than Brent Burns in their head-to-head.
Drew Doughty defeated Nathan MacKinnon in their matchup.
The Pacific and Central both took one point away from the event.
Division NHL Shootout
The Atlantic and Pacific won their respective conference and went head-to-head in the shootout.
The Atlantic won the shootout 4-1, but Ryan Kessler’s son, Ryker, stole the show, getting the Pacific’s lone tally and putting on a stylish celly.
By winning the shootout, the Atlantic Division got to decide which team they’d play in the first round of the 3-on-3 tournament tomorrow and whether they’ll play the early or late game.
Brad Marchand announced that they will play the Metropolitan Division in the late game tomorrow at 3:30 pm EST, which means the Pacific will take on the Central in the early game.
The Atlantic Division wins the 2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.