TORONTO -- Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, each of whom earned a milestone selection to the First Team, headline the players named to the NHL’s 2007-08 All-Star Teams.
Lidstrom, who won his sixth Norris Trophy in seven seasons, earned his ninth career berth on the First Team, the most among active defensemen and third all-time, moving past Bobby Orr (eight). Ray Bourque is the all-time leader with 13, followed by Doug Harvey with 10.
Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 65 goals and 112 points while winning the Hart Trophy as League MVP, has earned First Team honors in each of his first three full NHL seasons. He's the first player to do so since Detroit goaltender Terry Sawchuk from 1950-51 through 1952-53.
Joining Lidstrom and Ovechkin on the First Team are right wing Jarome Iginla of the
Calgary Flames, a 50-goal scorer who earned the second First-Team berth of his career, and three first-time selections: center Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks and Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Iginla and Malkin were runner-ups to Ovechkin for the Hart Trophy, Phaneuf was second to Lidstrom for the Norris and Nabokov, a 47-game winner for the Sharks, was second to New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for the Vezina Trophy.
The Second Team features three players who are making their debuts on an NHL All-
Star Team: defenseman Brian Campbell of the San Jose Sharks, right wing Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens and left wing Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings. They are joined by Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, (making his fourth appearance on the Second Team to go along with three First Team selections), Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (who earned his second career Second Team berth to go with one First Team selection) and Sharks center Joe Thornton (named to the Second Team for the second time to go with one First Team berth).
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.