NHL All-Star skills competition: Top 5 moments

The NHL All-Star skills competition was one for the books. The record books for rookie Dylan Larkin and more a fairytale for pictured Brent Burns and P.K. Subban, dubbed "Beauty and the Beast."

All-stars showed their comedy, acting, dancing ... and hockey skills

Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks and P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens pulled out all the stops in order to win the fan voted breakaway challenge. (Getty Images)

Saturday's NHL All-Star skills competition was full of talent, that's obvious. Surprisingly, it wasn't just hockey talent though.

We saw comedy, theatre, dancing ... and that was just in Brent Burns's breakaway challenge. 

All-star weekend is for the fans and the players didn't let them down.

Here are some of the best moments from Saturday's skills competition:

1. Larkin's record-breaking debut

Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin broke the record for fastest lap around the full rink in his all-star debut. He whizzed by in 13.172 seconds, topping the record of 13.386 seconds set in 1996 by Mike Gartner.  

2. 'Lil Burns' victory dance

Brent Burns's son, "Lil Burns," showed off his sweet victory dance after helping his dad score in the breakaway challenge.  

3. All eyes on fan-favourite John Scott

Hearts melted while cameras showed Scott having a pregame chat with his little girl.

Fans showed their love and support with a standing ovation prior to his first go at the hardest shot competition.

Scott also provided some comic relief when he reacted to Patrick Kane being booed by fans.

4. One more shot!

Nashville's own Shea Weber was given one more chance to break the hardest shot record as fans chanted "one more shot," loudly and proudly. He won the hardest shot at 108.1 mph, but Zdeno Chara's record of 108.8 mph set in 2012 still stands. 

5. Beauty and the beast steal the show

Brent Burns and P.K. Subban both let their freak flags fly in order to secure the fan-voted breakaway challenge. They both pulled out all the stops on their final shot, with Burns channeling Star Wars and being christened the "Wookie of the Year," and Subban donning a wig and Panthers jersey in an ode to the mullet-master himself, Jaromir Jagr. 

Subban may have won the fan vote, but we'd say the fans were the real winners. 

What was your favourite moment of the skills competition? Let us know in the comments or via @CBCSports.

And be sure to stream live the NHL All-Star Game Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on the CBC Sports app.


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