There were more than 15,500 supporters to a simple contest of skills, one Sunday morning, at the Bell Centre. There were also smiles in the faces of the players of the Canadian. With three wins in a row and nine wins in last twelve games, this training was a good date.
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For a second year in a row, Tomas Tatar won the contest for shooting the most accurate affecting four targets in four attempts. The Slovakian has once again done honor to Raymond Bourque, the master of the targets in the history of the matches of the stars.
Jeff Petry has also defended his crown in the shot the most powerful in the CH. Taking advantage of the absence of Shea Weber once again this year, Petry has won the event with a striking 104.9 m/h. At the all-star game in St. Louis, Weber had achieved a “bomb” than 106.5 m/h.
In another popular competition, Max Domi has won the title of the skater with the fastest stopping the clock at 13,472 s for a tower of ice. He was ahead of Petry (13,550) and Jonathan Drouin (13,702).
After a little over an hour to make the happiness of young children in the stands, Nick Suzuki, Jake Evans and Xavier Ouellet met with the journalists.
“I was not surprised by the crowd, it is a beautiful event, said Suzuki. It’s nice to see so many people moving on a Sunday morning for a skills competition. ”
“It was heart-warming to see so many people,” said Ouellet, who had played his first game, Saturday night, in the uniform of the CH when the victory of 2 to 1 in overtime against the Maple Leafs. It’s crazy to think that you can gather as many supporters on a Sunday morning for a drive. We have the best supporters in the world. ”
Continue the road
The CH will quickly be back on the job with the visit of the Coyotes in Arizona on Monday night at the Bell Centre. Once again, the band Claude Julien will try to hang in his quest for his participation in the series.
“We have been playing well recently, we won several of our matches, recalled Suzuki. We want to maintain this sequence. We know that the road remains long and difficult. But we want to participate in the series, we want to succeed in this comeback. We have placed ourselves in a precarious position, but it is not too late. ”
After the Coyotes, the Habs will visit the Bruins in Boston on Wednesday, and the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday. This busy week ends Saturday with a game against the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre.