Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber have been voted to the First All-Star Team for the third and second time, respectively, as the National Hockey League released voting results for its postseason All-Star Teams on Wednesday night.
Malkin received First Team honors for the third time in the past five seasons, while Weber captured his second consecutive First Team berth.
Joining Malkin and Weber are four first-time First Team All-Stars: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Penguins right wing James Neal.
Among those named to the Second Team is Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, repeating Second Team honors from 2011 after tallying a League-leading and career-high 60 goals. Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is a postseason All-Star for the sixth time, adding a fourth Second Team berth to his pair of First Team nominations.
Stamkos and Chara are joined on the Second Team by four players who have earned postseason All-Star honors for the first time: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
|2011-12 NHL First All-Star Team|
|G||Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers||62||39||18||5||1.97||.930||8|
|D||Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators||81||25:19||19||59||78|
|D||Shea Weber, Nashville Predators||78||26:09||19||30||49|
|C||Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins||75||21:01||50||50||109|
|RW||James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins||80||19:08||40||41||81|
|LW||Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils||77||24:26||37||46||83|
|2011-12 NHL Second All-Star Team|
|G||Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings||69||35||21||13||1.95||.929||10|
|D||Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins||79||25:00||12||40||52|
|D||Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues||81||24:43||12||39||51|
|C||Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning||82||22:01||60||37||97|
|RW||Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers||82||19:30||41||35||76|
|LW||Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes||82||18:38||24||53||77|