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Crosby, Markov and Chara hold the top spots in the Eastern Conference in XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports

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NEW YORKPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara lead all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.  Crosby tops the Eastern Conference with 94,118 votes, followed by Markov with 48,134 votes and Chara with 45,949. More than 2.15 million votes were cast in the first six days of 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.

Crosby, Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (41,198) and Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere (32,751) lead all forwards in votes. Markov and Chara are tops among defensemen. The New York RangersHenrik Lundqvist leads all Eastern Conference goaltenders with 30,324 votes.

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 11/19/07)


Forwards

Player                       NHL Club          Votes
Sidney Crosby        Pittsburgh         94,118
Daniel Alfredsson  Ottawa               41,198       
Daniel Briere           Philadelphia    32,751
Alex Ovechkin          Washington     30,686
Vincent Lecavalier  Tampa Bay      28,615
Dany Heatley           Ottawa              27,121
Ilya Kovalchuk          Atlanta              26,628
Evgeni Malkin          Pittsburgh        18,015
Saku Koivu               Montreal           17,891   
Maxim Afinogenov   Buffalo              17,782
Jaromir Jagr             NY Rangers    16,604   
Chris Drury               NY Rangers    15,600   
Mats Sundin             Toronto             14,046
Jason Blake             Toronto              13,317   
Simon Gagne           Philadelphia    12,394
Jason Spezza          Ottawa                11,902
*Mike Richards        Philadelphia     10,315   
Thomas Vanek        Buffalo                  9,701
Patrik Elias               New Jersey         9,358
Eric Staal                   Carolina              8,746
Marian Hossa           Atlanta                 8,648
Martin St. Louis        Tampa Bay         7,546
Brendan Shanahan NY Rangers       7,057
*Alex Kovalev             Montreal             5,990
Bill Guerin                  NY Islanders     5,805
Vyacheslav Kozlov    Atlanta                 4,651
Justin Williams         Carolina              4,611
Olli Jokinen                Florida                 4,466
Scott Gomez              NY Rangers       4,304   
Marc Savard               Boston                3,205
Brian Gionta              New Jersey        2,909
*Nik Antropov            Toronto                2,373
Brad Richards          Tampa Bay          2,275

Defensemen
Andrei Markov           Montreal             48,134
Zdeno Chara            Boston               45,949
Tomas Kaberle        Toronto              36,125
Brian Campbell        Buffalo               33,857
Kimmo Timonen      Philadelphia     30,951
Wade Redden          Ottawa                29,457
Ryan Whitney            Pittsburgh         27,028
Jay Bouwmeester    Florida               23,454
Chris Phillips            Ottawa               19,174
Bryan McCabe          Toronto               18,840
Dan Boyle                  Tampa Bay        17,255
Henrik Tallinder        Buffalo               12,702

Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist       NY Rangers       30,324
Martin Brodeur           New Jersey        29,631
Martin Biron                Philadelphia      27,849
Cristobal Huet           Montreal             24,515
Ryan Miller                  Buffalo               14,112
Ray Emery                  Ottawa                11,752
Cam Ward                  Carolina             10,565
Rick DiPietro              NY Islanders     10,352
Tomas Vokoun          Florida                  6,949
Olaf Kolzig                  Washington         5,623

*write-in candidate




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