How Did Flyers’ Kevin Hayes do in All-Star Shooting Contest?
The Philadelphia Flyers’ Kevin Hayes had a solid showing, but was eliminated in the preliminary round of the accuracy-shooting contest Friday at FLA Live Area,
It was one of seven events in the All-Star skills competition. The winners of each event took home $30,000.
Hayes, the Philadelphia Flyers’ lone All-Star representative, finished sixth out of 10 shooters in the opening round; the top four advanced.
The New York Islanders’ Brock Nelson beat Calgary’s Nazem Kadri in the final round, hitting the four targets in 12.419 seconds.
The All-Star tournament, featuring the league’s four divisions, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC and ESPN+.
In the preliminary round of the skills competition, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid needed just four shots to hit all four corner targets in 9.4 seconds. Shooters were 25 feet away from the net.
In that round, the Islanders’ Nelson was second (12.1 seconds), followed by the New York Rangers’ Artemi Panarin (13.2 seconds), and Kadri (13.4 seconds).
It took Hayes 22.3 seconds, and he defeated Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (25.2 seconds), St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko (25.0), New Jersey’s Jack Hughes (32.3), and Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (36.9)
Kadri and McDavid were both outstanding in the semifinals. McDavid had a phenomenal shooting exhibition, hitting the targets in 10.6 seconds. Kadri was even better (10.1 seconds).
McDavid did not miss a target in his eight shots on the night.
Here are the events and the winners:
Accuracy shooting: Calgary’s Nazem Kadri: 10.1 seconds.
Pitch ‘n puck (golf and hockey): Montreal’s Nick Suzuki. (Columbus’ Johnny Gaudreau, a South Jersey native, finished in a tie for second.)
Fastest skater: Carolina’s Andrei Svechnichov, 13.699 seconds to cover the course.
Hardest shot: Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson, 103.2 m.p.h
Breakaway challenge: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and his four-year-old son, Sergei, with a perfect score of “10” from all the judges. Check out the video as Sergei steals the show:
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Splash shot: Colorado’s Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen, 18.7 seconds to hit seven targets and drop their opponent in a dunk tank.
Tendy tandem: Nashville’s Juuse Saros and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck, 13 points.