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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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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