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Crosby Leads All-Star Balloting In Last Week

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Heading into the final week of voting, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (445,041) remains atop the Eastern Conference in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.

Crosby leads the forwards, while Montreal’s Andrei Markov (282,256) tops defensemen and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur (184,940) has the most votes among goaltenders, followed by netminder Henrik Lundqvist (154,759) of the New York Rangers, this week’s biggest gainer in votes. More than 10.8 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program. Voting ends Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Atlanta. 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, Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (198,922) and Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (197,629) are the top vote-getters among forwards in the Eastern Conference. Markov and Zdeno Chara (234,706) of the Boston Bruins are the leading defensemen. Brodeur tops all goaltenders in votes in the East.

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

Eastern Conference

(as of 12/26/07)


Player                  NHL Club          Votes

Sidney Crosby           Pittsburgh        445,144

Vincent Lecavalier      Tampa Bay         198,953

Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa                  197,693

Daniel Briere           Philadelphia            162,019

Alex Ovechkin           Washington        151,389

Ilya Kovalchuk          Atlanta                 149,535

Dany Heatley            Ottawa                  116,323

Saku Koivu        Montreal          103,395

Maxim Afinogenov  Buffalo                 95,632

Chris Drury       NY Rangers        79,046

Evgeni Malkin           Pittsburgh        70,730

Mats Sundin       Toronto                 69,989

Jason Blake       Toronto                 63,356

Jaromir Jagr            NY Rangers        62,831

*Alex Kovalev           Montreal          62,567

Jason Spezza            Ottawa                  53,013

Simon Gagne       Philadelphia            52,934

Thomas Vanek            Buffalo                 50,335

Marian Hossa            Atlanta                 49,964

*Mike Richards          Philadelphia            45,746

Martin St. Louis        Tampa Bay         41,547

Patrik Elias            New Jersey        40,350

Brendan Shanahan  NY Rangers        38,728

Vyacheslav Kozlov Atlanta                 32,793

Eric Staal        Carolina                31,192

Marc Savard       Boston                  25,048

Bill Guerin       NY Islanders            22,993

Olli Jokinen            Florida                 22,583

Scott Gomez       NY Rangers        21,669

Justin Williams         Carolina          19,074

Brian Gionta            New Jersey        17,328

*Nik Antropov           Toronto                 13,256

Brad Richards           Tampa Bay         13,135


Andrei Markov           Montreal          282,336

Zdeno Chara       Boston                  234,779

Brian Campbell          Buffalo                 176,262

Tomas Kaberle           Toronto                 170,036

Kimmo Timonen     Philadelphia            132,977

Wade Redden       Ottawa                  129,455

Jay Bouwmeester   Florida                 120,839

Ryan Whitney            Pittsburgh        120,590

Bryan McCabe            Toronto                 97,257

Dan Boyle         Tampa Bay         92,050

Chris Phillips          Ottawa                  90,085

Henrik Tallinder        Buffalo                 75,016


Martin Brodeur          New Jersey        185,003

Henrik Lundqvist        NY Rangers        154,827

Cristobal Huet          Montreal          154,198

Martin Biron            Philadelphia            105,449

Ryan Miller       Buffalo                 76,824

Rick DiPietro           NY Islanders            48,865

Ray Emery         Ottawa                  48,741

Cam Ward          Carolina                38,906

Olaf Kolzig       Washington        29,244

Tomas Vokoun            Florida                 24,220

*write-in candidate



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