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2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition results: Winners of every event

2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition results: Winners of every event

Kendall Coyne made history Friday night in San Jose, when she became the first woman to participate in an NHL All-Star Skills Competition event.

Coyne, a 26-year-old gold medal-winning forward for the U.S. women’s national hockey team, accepted the invitation to join the fastest skater event after Colorado Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon pulled out with an injury.

While Coyne was the only woman to compete in a skills event Friday, other U.S. and Canadian women served as event demonstrators. Rebecca Johnston of Team USA demonstrated in puck control, Brianna Decker of Team USA did the same in premier passer, and Coyle and Canada’s Renata Fast did it in accuracy shooting.

Here are the complete results from the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center.

2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition results

Fastest Skater
Winner: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers -- 13.378 seconds
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres -- 13.582 seconds
Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders -- 13.780 seconds
Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars -- 13.914 seconds
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks -- 13.930 seconds
Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets -- 14.152 seconds
Kendall Coyne, U.S. Women’s National Team -- 14.346 seconds
Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes -- 14.526 seconds

Puck Control
Winner: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames -- 27.045 seconds
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks -- 28.611 seconds
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers -- 30.270 seconds
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets -- 32.161 seconds
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche -- 33.425 seconds
John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs -- 35.210 seconds
Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres -- 35.407 seconds
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks -- 43.622 seconds

Save Streak
Winner: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers -- 12 saves 
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning -- 8 saves
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild -- 7 saves
Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights -- 6 saves
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks -- 3 saves
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals -- 3 saves
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings -- 2 saves
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators -- 2 saves

Premier Passer
Winner: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers -- 1 minute, 9.088 seconds
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes -- 1 minute, 18.530 seconds
Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues -- 1 minute, 25.897 seconds
Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers -- 1 minute, 34.611 seconds
Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators -- 1 minute, 40.568 seconds
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators -- 1 minute, 47.128 seconds
Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks -- 1 minute, 58.824 seconds
Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche -- 2 minutes, 17.379 seconds

Hardest Shot
Winner: John Carlson, Washington Capitals -- 102.8 mph, 100.8 mph
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets -- 99.4 mph, 95.1 mph
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks -- Miss, 100.6 mph
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning -- 96.2 mph, 93.1 mph 

Accuracy Shooting
Winner: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins -- 11.309 seconds
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins -- 12.693 seconds
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings -- 13.591 seconds
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks -- 14.423 seconds
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets -- 18.585 seconds
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning -- 19.706 seconds
Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils -- 20.209 seconds
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs -- 35.626 seconds

Why Sharks are confident they can make up for lost offensive firepower

Why Sharks are confident they can make up for lost offensive firepower

SAN JOSE -- There has been a lot of talk outside the Sharks dressing room about whether this season's roster can make up for the offensive firepower the team lost during the offseason.

Sure, some of that talk may be circulating within the dressing room as well. But San Jose knows it has the tools to fill the void -- regardless of what the outside world is saying.

"I think the media's going to talk about those things," defenseman Brenden Dillon said as camp opened up. "And in our room too -- there are lockers that are open. There are positions open. You see different line combinations throughout camp."

In addition to losing regular-season goals leader Joe Pavelski (Dallas) for their upcoming campaign, San Jose will be without depth scorers Joonas Donskoi (Colorado) and Gustav Nyquist (Columbus), as well as defenseman and penalty-kill staple Justin Braun (Philadelphia).

While most NHL teams see some sort of turnover in the offseason -- heck, the Sharks are no strangers to how the business of hockey works -- there has been plenty of speculation ahead of the 2019-20 campaign as to how the Sharks will compete since they didn't add a big-name player to their roster to make up for their losses

But as Dillon explained, he and his teammates have to focus on the guys who are on the roster with them right now --- not who they're missing from last year.

"I think it's about realizing the opportunity for us," he summarized. "Whoever's in this room, whoever's dressed for game nights, that's your teammate. That's who you're going to battle with."

Logan Couture had a similar message on the first day of training camp. As hard as it may seem to fill in for the departed players, that's part of the game. Plus, it gives emerging players like Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, and Kevin Labanc the chance to fill in those roles.

"It's not an easy task, but that's the way it works," the captain said. "Same thing happened when Patty (Marleau) moved on somewhere else. Other guys got opportunities to step up and our scouting staff did a tremendous job bringing in European players as well as Timo and Banker, guys like that they drafted. There's a new wave of younger players we're excited about and hopefully this year they can break through like Timo and Banker and Tommy Hertl did."

The Sharks are, in fact, putting a lot of stock in the crop of youngsters that have come into this year's training camp. General manager Doug Wilson went so far as to say earlier this month the team is "as excited about this group of forwards coming in as we've ever been." 

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After just a couple days of practicing and scrimmaging, those younger players already are starting to show that they are ready to compete for big jobs.

Seeing such positive results at the start of the preseason makes it easier for the Sharks to look forward with the players they currently have in their dressing room. 

"I think it just shows the future is bright for us," Dillon said. "And I think for a lot of -- whether it's analysts or (whoever) -- saying we've got 'too many holes to fill' and missing too many things, camp so far has been really good, and there's a lot of talent."

How Sharks’ Evander Kane, wife are healing since unborn daughter’s death

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How Sharks’ Evander Kane, wife are healing since unborn daughter’s death

SAN JOSE -- Evander Kane had a relatively visible summer, including his near-nude photo shoot with ESPN and some back-and-forth jawing with Las Vegas’ Ryan Reaves.

However, none of that carried the same importance as the recovery that the Sharks winger and his wife, Anna, continue to make following the passing of their unborn daughter, Eva, at 26 weeks, almost exactly six months ago.

“It definitely makes you realize what’s important,” Kane said last week. “Every minute, you had different emotions, different feelings. My wife, seeing what she went through, it was harder on nobody else but her.”

Kane’s absence from the Sharks in late February initially corresponded with a high hit that Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara laid on him. Most of the public thought Kane’s extended leave was related to injury, until March 14, when he publicly revealed the tragedy on Twitter.

“It takes a real big toll on you, and I had to step away for a week there, in order to re-group and gather myself. And to be there for my wife,” Kane said. 

The hockey community across North America instantly responded to Kane via social media and other platforms. And it made a difference.

“It was humbling, actually, the support that we got,” Kane said. “Especially from the hockey world. I don’t want to say surprising, but it was, in the amount of support we got, and we’re very appreciative of it.”

Evander and his wife also received special support from a much closer place. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, had lost their unborn child in March 2018, and were quick to be of comfort, given their unfortunate bond.

“Having a fellow teammate that has been through that process as well, and our wives being good friends, I think that definitely helped,” Kane said.

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Despite all of last season’s turmoil, Kane still managed to be one point shy of his career-high 57, while missing seven games. It’s amazing what he went through on a personal level during those final months, and leads you to believe some fresh beginnings will do he and his wife well.

“It’s still a process,” Kane said. “It was six months [last month]. It will always be a process, and we just want to cherish her much as we can. For me, that’s how I’ll move on. I find myself talking to her, even though nobody is around. It’s one of the ways I kind of find peace with it.”