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Crosby Increases All-Star Voting Lead

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby continues to lead all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.

With 326,131 votes, the Penguins 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 at 6 p.m. 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 (165,014) 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.

XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports

Eastern Conference

(as of Dec. 10)

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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