The NHL’s best are gathered in San Jose at SAP Center to kick off All-Star weekend tonight with the annual Skills competition.
John Gibson is the sole representative for the Anaheim Ducks this year, and rightfully so. It seems as if he is finally getting the national attention he deserves, with the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) voting Gibson as their Vezina pick for their Midseason Awards. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski also picked Gibson as his leader for the Hart Trophy for the NHL MVP earlier in the month.
Gibson will take part in the Ticketmaster Save Streak event. The format and rules, according to the NHL, are as follows:
“A minimum of four goalies and all 36 skaters will participate in the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak™, a shootout grouped by division where goalies compete to make the most consecutive saves. Each goalie will face one opposing division and a minimum of nine scoring attempts. Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee’s whistle. Players from each division will shoot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the divisional captain shooting ninth. A goalie’s round at the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak™ cannot end with a save - if the divisional captain’s shot is saved, the goalie will continue to face shooters until a goal is scored. If the goalie makes a save on the divisional captain’s shot, the order of shooters to follow is the same as the original order. The goalie with the longest consecutive save streak during his time in net is the winner of the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak ™. If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the longest “save streak” the winning goalie will be determined by the total number of saves made in their round. If two or more goalies remain tied based on the total number of saves made then the tied goalies will compete in a sudden death round of ‘Goalie Goals.’”
The All-Star Skills competition will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 6 PM PT / 9 PM EST.