“I just tried to go out there and skate hard. He’s the best skater in the game and even when he was going around there I thought he had it. He has effortless stride and I thought he had it. I’m just happy to win,” said Mathew Barzal after taking the crown of NHL’s fastest skater from Connor McDavid at Friday’s All-Star Skills Competition.

It was down to the final two after Barzal knocked off Chris Kreider’s time. The table seemed set for McDavid and everyone watch with anticipation, both wondering if he could win again while others hoped he just wouldn’t fall. After all, McDavid has a documentary airing later on Sportsnet that details his knee injury from last season.

Congrats to Barzal who has set the tone of the rest of the All-Star festivities. And to McDavid who will likely want to come back next year and prove this year’s loss was a one-year fluke.

McDavid later got a little back with a slick move on the shoot out versus Connor Helleybuyck

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Other All-Star Skills Results

  • Jordan Binnington Wins The Goaltender Shootout Competition