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Video: Blackhawks All-Star Patrick Kane becomes "Superman" for breakaway challenge

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Patrick Kane transformed into Superman Saturday night.

And because of it, Kane won the popular breakaway challenge during the All-Star game's skills competition at Scotiabank Place.

After Kane failed on his first of three attempts, All-Star teammate Marian Hossa got involved. Hossa placed a Superman cape and Clark Kent-like glasses on Kane for his second attempt.

Kane then slid on the ice as if he was flying and beat St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott. On his third attempt, Kane attempted a slap shot and the puck (a glued-together fractured puck) exploded.

Here's the video:

Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry brought out a mini-stick for his third attempt and scored, but Kane's Superman routine won over the fans, who voted him the winner.

"I think it's kind of cool when guys throw in some different props and kind of use it to their advantage," Kane said. "I didn't really care about scoring. It was about the whole presentation."

Kane said he was inspired by Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard's cape-wearing dunk in the 2008 slum dunk competition at the NBA All-Star game.

"I used to love watching the slam dunk competition growing up," Kane said. "I thought it'd be cool to wear it and kind of slide down the ice like I was flying."

Kane said his parents and Hawks media relations director Brandon Faber bought his props at a costume shop in Ottawa on Saturday.

"They had some other ideas like sparklers on my skates," Kane said.

Of course, Hossa was a key part of the equation.

"I thought he was great," Kane said. "I think he was a little nervous. He didn't want to put anything on me wrong."

As far as the exploding puck for this third attempt, Kane said he cut one up into four pieces and glued it back together.

"I was a little disappointed none of [the pieces] went into the net," Kane said. "That's what I was hoping for. When I did it this morning, there were three in the net sometimes."

Kane didn't hide his desire to win the breakaway challenge. Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin had won it every time since it began in 2008, but he pulled out of the All-Star festivities this year.

"It was fun and a cool experience and cool when you think about some ideas that can actually work," Kane said.

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