Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Johansen's creative moves and hometown appeal highlighted Team Foligno's successful night at the NHL All- Star Skills Competition.
Team Foligno, led by Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, cruised past Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews' team 25-19 at Nationwide Arena, the site of Sunday's All-Star Game.
Foligno's team jumped out to an early lead after taking all five points in the fastest skater competition.
Jonathan Drouin, who was selected third overall by Tampa Bay in the 2013 NHL Draft, recorded the fastest time with 13.103.
Toronto's Phil Kessel, Montreal's Jiri Sekac and Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons also won their relays as Team Foligno took a 5-0 lead to start the night.
New York's Carl Hagelin was the previous winner in 2012 with a time of 12.993.
Johansen already had the support of the crowd in Nationwide Arena on his side, but the Columbus forward also won over fans watching at home to win the Twitter vote with three creative breakaway moves that gave Team Foligno a 6-0 lead.
In his first attempt in the breakaway challenge, Johansen took off his Blue Jackets jersey to reveal a red Ohio State football jersey and proceeded to kick the puck between his skates, cut back in front of the net and fire a shot into the net.
During the second round, he grabbed a child from the crowd and helped him fire a shot past goaltender Corey Crawford and finished off the event by reenacting the famous "Flying V" formation from the "Mighty Ducks" movies.
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, Flyers' captain Claude Giroux, Philadelphia forward and NHL points leader Jakub Voracek and Flames' rookie phenom Johnny Gaudreau also took part in the event.
Patrick Kane was the quickest to destroy the four targets in the accuracy challenge as he earned Team Foligno an extra point with a time of 13.529 seconds.
After Ryan Getzlaf won the first matchup for Team Toews, Foligno, Radim Vrbata and Kane were each quicker than their opponent to give Team Foligno a commanding 10-1 advantage.
In the skills challenge relay, the two teams participated in relays consisting of one-timers, passing, puck control, stickhandling and goaltender goals.
Each team won a relay, as Team Foligno finished the first with a time of 1:37.979 and Team Toews boasted a time of 1:38.789 to win the second.
Team Foligno was awarded a bonus point for the fastest time to win the event.
Shea Weber finished first in the hardest shot challenge after his powerful shot clocked in at 108.5 mph. The shot was close to breaking Zdeno Chara's record of 108.8 mph, set in 2012.
The Predators defenseman was the lone winner for Team Toews as Ovechkin, Brent Burns and Steven Stamkos all won their head-to-head matchups to give Team Foligno a 15-4 lead.
In the final event, Team Toews won the shootout round after owning a 15-10 points advantage, but were already too far behind to make the comeback.
Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson, who was slated to participate in the skills relay challenge and the shootout, was unable to take part in Saturday's competition for Team Toews due to a lower-body injury.
Due to the lockout-shortened season in 2013 and the 2014 Winter Olympics, the last All-Star game took place in 2012 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, where Daniel Alfredsson's team defeated one captained by Chara 21-12.
The festivities will conclude Sunday with the All-Star game.