Saturday night, two Boston Bruins made headlines at the NHL All -Star skill competition for two very different reasons.
Defenseman Zdeno Chara set a new record in the fastest shot competition, but not without a challenge. He lost his first round head-to-head battle to Nashville Predator Shea Weber by .7. Chara headed to the final round and gunned a 105.9 MPH shot to win the competition, much to the delight of the RBC Center crowd.
Tim Thomas decided to get in on the skills competition action in a rather unique way. He went up against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward in the Fastest Skater competition - cumbersome goalie pads and all. Ward and Thomas were neck and neck until Thomas lost an edge in a corner and went flying like a child skating for the first time. (Watch Thomas scaring the collective Bruins' fan base here.)
Registering the event's slowest time at 19 seconds for a lap, Thomas told NHL.com that he took everything in stride:
"It's harder for the goalies and I've never seen it done before, but it was good," Thomas said. "Ward came right before the event and said to me, 'I just don't want to fall down' and I was the one who fell."
Thomas and Chara will take part in the All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
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