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Crosby, Markov top Eastern Conference vote-getters in XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, presented by 2K Sports

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NEW YORK Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. With 326,131 votes, the NHL star holds a significant lead over Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who has 216,102 votes. More than 7.9 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.

Crosby, Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (143,819) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (142,674) are the top vote-getters among forwards in the Eastern Conference.  Markov and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins are the leading defensemen in votes. Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet leads all netminders in the East in votes with 122,228 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 12/10/07)

 
Eastern Forwards

Player                                    NHL Club               Votes
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 326,131
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa 143,819
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay 142,674
Daniel Briere Philadelphia 121,860
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta 106,736
Alex Ovechkin Washington 106,121
Saku Koivu Montreal 84,215
Dany Heatley Ottawa 82,620
Maxim Afinogenov Buffalo 66,887
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 56,112
Chris Drury NY Rangers 55,496
*Alex Kovalev Montreal 51,147
Mats Sundin Toronto 49,941
Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 47,568
Jason Blake Toronto 45,014
Simon Gagne Philadelphia 42,005
Jason Spezza Ottawa 37,329
*Mike Richards Philadelphia 36,286
Marian Hossa Atlanta 36,138
Thomas Vanek Buffalo 35,576
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 28,917
Patrik Elias New Jersey 28,509
Brendan Shanahan NY Rangers 26,075
Eric Staal Carolina 24,108
Vyacheslav Kozlov Atlanta 22,838
Marc Savard Boston 17,623
Bill Guerin NY Islanders 17,187
Olli Jokinen Florida 15,819
Scott Gomez NY Rangers 15,299
Justin Williams Carolina 14,526
Brian Gionta New Jersey 11,514
Brad Richards Tampa Bay 9,227
        
Defensemen
Andrei Markov Montreal 216,102
Zdeno Chara Boston 165,014
Brian Campbell Buffalo 125,849
Tomas Kaberle Toronto 121,814
Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia 100,204
Wade Redden Ottawa 95,056
Ryan Whitney Pittsburgh 89,665
Jay Bouwmeester Florida 85,849
Bryan McCabe Toronto 67,848
Dan Boyle Tampa Bay 66,756
Chris Phillips Ottawa 66,601
Henrik Tallinder Buffalo 54,204

Goaltenders 
  
Cristobal Huet Montreal 122,228
Martin Brodeur New Jersey 120,537
Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 113,484
Martin Biron Philadelphia 83,027
Ryan Miller Buffalo 53,787
Rick DiPietro NY Islanders 36,390
Ray Emery Ottawa 34,481
Cam Ward Carolina 30,104
Olaf Kolzig Washington 20,439
Tomas Vokoun Florida 16,615

*write-in candidate



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