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Crosby, Markov and Chara extend lead among all eastern conference vote-getters in XM / NHL All-Star fan balloting, presented by 2K Sports

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NEW YORK – For the third straight week, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens and Zdeno Chara hold the top three positions among all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.  Crosby leads the East with 268,045 votes, followed by Markov with 182,686 votes and Chara with 132,077. More than 6.48 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.

The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio).   Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for write-in votes. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.

Rounding out the top 10 are forwards Daniel Alfredsson (119,825) of the Ottawa Senators and Vincent Lecavalier (117,058) of the Tampa Bay Lightning; goaltender Cristobal Huet (106,726); defenseman Brian Campbell (102,024) of the Buffalo Sabres; forward Daniel Briere (101,508) of the Philadelphia Flyers; defenseman Tomas Kaberle (98,049) of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (91,609) of the New York Rangers.

Updated balloting results for the Western Conference will be announced tomorrow.

Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at NHL.com to “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.   

On NHL.com, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section features an interactive ballot, showcasing players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8 footage.  Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to register for a chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC radios with three months of free service, 2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and shop.NHL.com gift certificates.

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, courtesy of XM.  The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players.  Additionally, each registered voter will automatically qualify to receive a 14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.

Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting.  To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe.  NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.

XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports
Eastern Conference

(as of 12/3/07)
Forwards

Player                                   NHL Club               Votes
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 268,045
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa 119,825
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay 117,058
Daniel Briere Philadelphia 101,508
Alex Ovechkin Washington 85,543
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta 84,524
Saku Koivu Montreal 74,103
Dany Heatley Ottawa 69,751
Maxim Afinogenov Buffalo 53,685
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 46,089
*Alex Kovalev Montreal 44,779
Chris Drury NY Rangers 44,720
Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 39,307
Mats Sundin Toronto 39,016
Jason Blake Toronto 36,283
Simon Gagne Philadelphia 35,626
Jason Spezza Ottawa 31,531
*Mike Richards Philadelphia 31,132
Thomas Vanek Buffalo 28,530
Marian Hossa Atlanta 28,111
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 23,099
Patrik Elias New Jersey 23,055
Brendan Shanahan NY Rangers 20,466
Eric Staal Carolina 19,826
Vyacheslav Kozlov Atlanta 16,961
Bill Guerin NY Islanders 14,408
Marc Savard Boston 13,337
Olli Jokinen Florida 12,946
Scott Gomez NY Rangers 12,393
Justin Williams Carolina 11,412
Brian Gionta New Jersey 9,071
Brad Richards Tampa Bay 7,334

Defensemen
Andrei Markov Montreal 182,686
Zdeno Chara Boston 132,077
Brian Campbell Buffalo 102,024
Tomas Kaberle Toronto 98,049
Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia 83,639
Wade Redden Ottawa 79,827
Ryan Whitney Pittsburgh 72,888
Jay Bouwmeester Florida 69,422
Chris Phillips Ottawa 56,619
Dan Boyle Tampa Bay 54,250
Bryan McCabe Toronto 53,921
Henrik Tallinder Buffalo 43,415

Goaltenders
Cristobal Huet Montreal 106,726
Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 91,609
Martin Brodeur New Jersey 91,440
Martin Biron Philadelphia 71,457
Ryan Miller Buffalo 42,627
Rick DiPietro NY Islanders 29,524
Ray Emery Ottawa 28,303
Cam Ward Carolina 24,561
Olaf Kolzig Washington 16,352
Tomas Vokoun Florida 13,876

*write-in candidate



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