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Crosby Maintains All-Star Voting Lead

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

For the third straight week, Sidney Crosby held the top position among all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. 

Crosby leads the East with 268,045 votes, followed by Montreal’s Andrei Markov with

182,686 votes and Boston’s Zdeno Chara with 132,077. More than 6.48 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

Rounding out the top 10 are forwards Daniel Alfredsson (119,825) of the Ottawa Senators and Vincent Lecavalier (117,058) of the Tampa Bay Lightning; goaltender Cristobal Huet (106,726); defenseman Brian Campbell (102,024) of the Buffalo Sabres; forward Daniel Briere (101,508) of the Philadelphia Flyers; defenseman Tomas Kaberle (98,049) of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (91,609) of the New York Rangers.

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.

On, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section  features  an  interactive  ballot,  showcasing  players with video clips,  photos  and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8  footage.   Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to  register  for  a  chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC  radios  with  three  months  of  free  service,  2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and gift certificates.

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

Eastern Conference

(as of 12/3/07)


Player                                  NHL Club            Votes

Sidney Crosby                Pittsburgh         268,045

Daniel Alfredsson            Ottawa             119,825

Vincent Lecavalier           Tampa Bay          117,058

Daniel Briere                 Philadelphia            101,508

Alex Ovechkin                Washington         85,543

Ilya Kovalchuk               Atlanta                  84,524

Saku Koivu                   Montreal           74,103

Dany Heatley                  Ottawa                  69,751

Maxim Afinogenov             Buffalo                  53,685

Evgeni Malkin                Pittsburgh         46,089

*Alex Kovalev                Montreal           44,779

Chris Drury                   NY Rangers        44,720

Jaromir Jagr                  NY Rangers        39,307

Mats Sundin                   Toronto                       39,016

Jason Blake                   Toronto                 36,283

Simon Gagne                  Philadelphia       35,626

Jason Spezza                 Ottawa             31,531

*Mike Richards               Philadelphia       31,132

Thomas Vanek                 Buffalo                  28,530

Marian Hossa                 Atlanta                  28,111

Martin St. Louis             Tampa Bay          23,099

Patrik Elias                  New Jersey        23,055

Brendan Shanahan             NY Rangers         20,466

Eric Staal                   Carolina                 19,826

Vyacheslav Kozlov            Atlanta                  16,961

Bill Guerin                   NY Islanders            14,408

Marc Savard                   Boston                  13,337

Olli Jokinen                        Florida                 12,946

Scott Gomez                   NY Rangers        12,393

Justin Williams                     Carolina                11,412

Brian Gionta                              New Jersey                 9,071

Brad Richards                             Tampa Bay                 7,334


Andrei Markov                       Montreal          182,686

Zdeno Chara                   Boston                  132,077

Brian Campbell                Buffalo                 102,024

Tomas Kaberle                 Toronto           98,049

Kimmo Timonen                 Philadelphia            83,639

Wade Redden                   Ottawa                  79,827

Ryan Whitney                        Pittsburgh        72,888

Jay Bouwmeester               Florida                 69,422

Chris Phillips                      Ottawa                  56,619

Dan Boyle                     Tampa Bay         54,250

Bryan McCabe                  Toronto           53,921

Henrik Tallinder              Buffalo                 43,415


Cristobal Huet                      Montreal          106,726

Henrik Lundqvist              NY Rangers        91,609

Martin Brodeur                      New Jersey        91,440

Martin Biron                        Philadelphia            71,457

Ryan Miller                   Buffalo                 42,627

Rick DiPietro                       NY Islanders            29,524

Ray Emery                     Ottawa                  28,303

Cam Ward                      Carolina          24,561

Olaf Kolzig                   Washington        16,352

Tomas Vokoun                  Florida                 13,876

*write-in candidate



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