2012 NHL All-Star Game Skills Battle: Why Corey Perry's Mini-Stick Move Was Best

Bobby KittlebergerCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2012

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks and team Chara competes in the AllState Insureance NHL Breakaway Challenge part of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Corey Perry scored some big style points during the breakaway competition on Saturday night for the 2012 NHL All-Star weekend.

Perry also had one of the most technically difficult and acrobatic breakaway attempts of the night, as he almost pulled off a lacrosse-style over the head, behind the back spin-o-rama move. This move made his last attempt all the more fun and interesting.

It was as if Perry was saying to everyone, "You already know I can score, now you can see that I'm just as fun of a guy as Patrick Kane." He had already proven to us that he can score, then he needed to one up Kane's cape and exploding puck.

Perry did just that. He skated to center ice, dropped his gloves, his stick and in a sword-drawing fashion pulled a mini hockey stick out of his equipment and stickhandled his way down the ice en route to a backhand goal against Brian Elliot.

Kane's breakaways were good and they won the bulk of the voting with 47 percent, but Corey Perry's lacrosse attempt pushed his mini-stick move over the top by combining skill and the fun of the sport of hockey. Corey Perry, true to his MVP form, is this year's breakaway master.