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Host Senators assured 4 All-Star starters

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Ottawa Senators are assured of having at least four familiar faces on the ice when they host the NHL All-Star game this month.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson led all vote-getters in fan balloting, and captain Daniel Alfredsson and fellow forwards Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza were also elected starters for the Jan. 29 game.

The NHL said Thursday they will be joined by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the starting lineup.

The four Senators hold the top four spots on the club's scoring list, with Spezza leading the way with 40 points - three more than Karlsson. Karlsson, however, topped everyone in the league with 939,951 votes, 42,536 more than Alfredsson.

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