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Blackhawks stars Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane excited to show off skills in challenges

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane can't wait to show off to the rest of the NHL what Blackhawks fan have come to love from them. Both are looking forward to competing in the All-Star game's skills competition at Scotiabank Place on Saturday.

Kane will compete in three events: the popular breakaway challenge, the skills challenge relay (passing accuracy) and the elimination shootout. Hossa will take part in the fastest skater challenge and accuracy shooting.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin won the past three breakaway challenges, but after pulling out of the All-Star game, a new winner has to be crowned. Kane hopes it's him.

"It's definitely a chance for me to put on a show for the fans and do some things," Kane said Friday at media day. "I'm excited about doing it. It's something that I wanted to do. I'm going to put some good things together and hopefully make the fans like what I do. It's definitely a nerve-wracking event, probably one of the most, but I'm excited that I'm in it. I'd love to win it."

Hossa doesn't think he's the fastest skater on the Hawks -- "[Viktor] Stalberg] would be," he said -- but he thinks he can hold his own. The race format also is new this year.

"It's going to be fun," Hossa said. "I'll try to do my best and hopefully don't pull anything. I'll try to warm up pretty good."

For a full list of the those in the events, click here.

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