Getzlaf to Partake in Breakaway Challenge

Tuesday, 01.13.2009 / 9:57 AM PT / News
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Getzlaf to Partake in Breakaway Challenge
A finalist in the inaugural Breakaway Challenge at last year's NHL All-Star Game, Ryan Getzlaf will be back in the event this year at Bell Centre and will be looking to take the title away from Washington's Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, who topped Getzlaf at Atlanta in 2008, will defend his Scotiabank Fan Fav NHL Breakaway Challenge title against a creative collection of fellow NHL stars during Honda/NHL SuperSkills® Saturday, Jan. 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Along with Getzlaf, Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens will join Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks in taking on Ovechkin, who last year impressed celebrity judges at the inaugural Breakaway Challenge. This year, the shooters’ task will be to impress fans in arena and viewers across North America, who will determine the winner by voting via text message for the performance they deem most astounding.

“I want to defend this title,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of a pretty cool title and I’m happy right now that I have it.”

Each shooter will get one minute to dazzle the Bell Centre crowd and the North American audience (7 p.m. ET, RDS, CBC, VERSUS). Upon taking possession of the puck, a shooter can go anywhere he wants in the offensive zone and make as many attempts as he desires within that minute to complete a routine that ends with a shot at the net. When each shooter has taken his turn, the polls will open for the most passionate fans in sports.

The Scotiabank Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge contestants are wracking their brains to come up with moves neither their competitors nor their fans have seen. They’ve allowed NHL cameras to capture glimpses of their preparations but still plan some surprises.

“Right now, I’m going to show you my old trick,” Ovechkin said before performing the puck-flipping, spin-o-rama swat that won in Atlanta a year ago, “but I have one more trick that probably I don’t want to show you right now. You’ll have to wait for the All-Star Game.”

The six-competition card that comprises Honda/NHL SuperSkills® will begin with four of the League’s blazers competing in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater. Following the Breakaway Challenge, the League’s top rookies will take on the top sophomores in the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck. At the conclusion of that wide-open, non-stop game of three-on-three, the McDonald’s Accuracy Shooting and Cisco Hardest Shot then will test the All-Stars’ ability to pick corners and blast away.

The evening will come to a rousing conclusion with all 36 NHL All-Star skaters and all six goalies competing in the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout -- the NHL All-Star version of the score-and-stay-alive game with which youth hockey players throughout the world traditionally end their practices.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 7 6 8 8 14
R. Getzlaf 7 2 10 7 12
R. Kesler 7 3 4 3 7
J. Silfverberg 7 2 5 6 7
S. Vatanen 7 2 5 6 7
H. Lindholm 7 1 5 2 6
P. Maroon 7 3 2 6 5
S. Despres 7 0 5 4 5
A. Cogliano 7 1 3 4 4
M. Beleskey 7 3 0 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 6 1 1 .927 1.96


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