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Ovechkin, Vanek, Carter added to Eastern Conference all-star team

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NEW YORK - There will be no shortage of goal-scorers on the NHL's Eastern Conference all-star team.

Alex Ovechkin, Thomas Vanek and Jeff Carter - each tied for the league lead with 27 goals entering play Thursday - are among the 15 players added to the team's roster.

The 57th all-star game is scheduled to be played Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Vanek and Carter will be among the players making their first appearance in the game, joining goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, forward Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and defenceman Mark Streit of the New York Islanders.

The game will be something of a homecoming for Streit, who spent three seasons in Montreal before departing as a free agent over the summer.

Three players from the conference-leading Boston Bruins will represent the Eastern all-stars for a second straight year - goalie Tim Thomas, defenceman Zdeno Chara and forward Marc Savard.

Other players added to the team include forwards Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators and Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On defence, Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs will make his fourth all-star game appearance while Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers will take part in his second.

Four of the six starting players voted in by fans are members of the hometown Canadiens - goaltender Carey Price, forward Alexei Kovalev, and defencemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek. The fans also voted in forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The other 15 players were selected by the NHL's hockey operations department in consultation with team general managers.

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