OTTAWA | Dennis Wideman had a big grin on his face. He’s used to shooting through traffic, so it might have been even harder to see an empty net staring at him.
The Washington Capitals’ lone All-Star representative was tasked with shooting one-timers as part of the skills challenge relay Saturday night. With a thin bar stretching across the goal line to keep players from shooting along the ice, Wideman made his three shots in six attempts before stepping aside.
“You’re just sitting there and all of a sudden you have to go and take one-timers,” Wideman said. “That was fun. It was exciting. It is what it is. It was a good time.”
In the hardest shot competition, Wideman managed to break his self-imposed limit.
Wideman broke 90 mph, shooting 94.6 mph on his first attempt and 95.3 on his second. He lost the head-to-head competition with hometown favorite Daniel Alfredsson, who at 39 years old clocked in at 101.1 and then 101.3.
“I broke 90. that’s what I was going for,” Wideman said. “It wasn’t quite as hard as I’d like. It’s tough sitting there. that’s not an easy thing to do.”