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Crosby, Malkin Named All-Star Starters

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The National Hockey League announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will represent the Eastern Conference in the starting lineup of the 2009 XM NHL All-Star game presented by 2K Sports on Jan. 25 in Montreal.

Sidney Crosby led all vote-getters for the third consecutive year with 1,713,021votes, the most in the history of NHL All-Star fan balloting.  Crosby’s teammate and current NHL scoring leader, Evgeni Malkin was second in votes, receiving 1,585,936.  Crosby and Malkin surpassed Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record of 1,020,736 votes set in 2000 for one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.

Crosby will be playing in his second NHL All-Star game after missing last year due to injury.  Malkin represented the Eastern Conference in last year’s All-Star Game in Atlanta and appeared in the NHL YoungStars Game in 2007.

The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will feature live national broadcasts of the NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada.
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