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Crosby Maintains All-Star Voting Lead

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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

For the second-straight week, Crosby is the frontrunner in the Eastern Conference with 177,873 votes. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov holds on for second in votes with 115,007, followed by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara with 84,111 votes. More than 4.17 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. 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.

The leading vote-getters by position are forwards Crosby, Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators (80,211) and Vincent Lecavalier (73,743) of the Tampa Bay Lightning; defensemen Markov and Chara; and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet (64,351).

Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at to “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.


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

Eastern Conference

 (as of 11/26/07)


Player               NHL Club       Votes

Sidney Crosby        Pittsburgh           177,873

Daniel Alfredsson    Ottawa         80,211

Vincent Lecavalier   Tampa Bay      73,743

Daniel Briere                Philadelphia 62,867

Alex Ovechkin        Washington     55,692

Ilya Kovalchuk       Atlanta        52,948

Dany Heatley                 Ottawa             47,957

Saku Koivu           Montreal             46,554

Maxim Afinogenov     Buffalo        33,080

Evgeni Malkin        Pittsburgh           32,688

Chris Drury                  NY Rangers   27,481

Jaromir Jagr                 NY Rangers   26,267

Mats Sundin                  Toronto                  25,683

Jason Blake                  Toronto                  24,333

*Alex Kovalev        Montreal             23,922

Simon Gagne          Philadelphia   22,946

Jason Spezza         Ottawa         21,748

*Mike Richards       Philadelphia   19,783

Thomas Vanek         Buffalo        17,101

Marian Hossa         Atlanta        16,854

Patrik Elias                 New Jersey   15,519

Martin St. Louis     Tampa Bay      15,080

Eric Staal           Carolina             14,200

Brendan Shanahan     NY Rangers     11,873

Bill Guerin                  NY Islanders 9,460

Vyacheslav Kozlov    Atlanta        9,294

Olli Jokinen                 Florida                  8,785

Justin Williams      Carolina             7,950

Marc Savard                  Boston             7,558

Scott Gomez                  NY Rangers   7,336

Brian Gionta                 New Jersey   5,406

Brad Richards        Tampa Bay      4,561


Andrei Markov        Montreal             115,007

Zdeno Chara          Boston               84,111

Tomas Kaberle        Toronto              66,018

Brian Campbell       Buffalo              63,031

Kimmo Timonen        Philadelphia   55,108

Wade Redden          Ottawa               53,539

Ryan Whitney         Pittsburgh                 48,686

Jay Bouwmeester      Florida              44,684

Chris Phillips       Ottawa               38,719

Bryan McCabe         Toronto        35,499

Dan Boyle            Tampa Bay      33,966

Henrik Tallinder     Buffalo              24,322


Cristobal Huet          Montreal          64,351

Henrik Lundqvist      NY Rangers    57,715

Martin Brodeur          New Jersey  57,415

Martin Biron                Philadelphia  49,193

Ryan Miller               Buffalo         25,008

Ray Emery               Ottawa            19,854

Rick DiPietro           NY Islanders      19,367

Cam Ward                Carolina          17,657

Olaf Kolzig               Washington      10,506

Tomas Vokoun            Florida           10,232

*write-in candidate



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