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Price, Komisarek, Markov Kovalev to start all-star game in Montreal

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MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens are going to bring a hometown feel to the NHL all-star game.

Four Habs players have been voted in as starters for the game, which will be held Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre.

Carey Price will be in goal for the Eastern Conference and should be pretty familiar with the two defencemen in front of him - Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek. Montreal forward Alexei Kovalev will start alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The all-star game starters are voted on by fans and Canadiens players led all six positions at one point. Crosby had the biggest comeback, eventually finishing with 1,713,021 votes - the most ever by a single player.

The Western Conference starters will also come from just two teams.

Anaheim's J-S Giguere has been given the nod in goal and will be on the ice with Ducks teammates Scott Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf. Chicago Blackhawks sophomores Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will fill the other two positions at forward while Brian Campbell takes a spot on the blue-line.

The starting lineup reflects the changing demographic of impact players in the league. Six of the 12 players are 23 or under and seven of them will be starting the game for the first time.

Crosby has been the leading vote-getter the last three seasons, but had to miss the game in Atlanta last winter while recovering from a high ankle sprain.

The all-star game returns to Montreal for the first time since 1993 as the organization continues to celebrate its centennial season.

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