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Crosby To Start For East All-Stars

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

For the second-straight year, Sidney Crosby led all vote-getters for the NHL All-Star Game.

The Penguins captain, the reigning scoring champ and MVP, received 507,274 votes and will start for the Eastern Conference squad. His linemates will be current NHL scoring leader Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning (224,661) and Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (224,483), each of whom will make his first-career start.

 Voted to the Eastern Conference blueline are Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens (316,136) and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins (271,272), also first-time starters. The goaltender will be Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils (220,392), who captured his fourth career All-Star starting berth and will be making his 10th appearance overall, tied with the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom for the most among the starting players

Lidstrom led all Western Conference players with 477,787 votes and will be making his eighth consecutive All-Star Game start, while teammates Henrik Zetterberg (326,244) and Pavel Datsyuk (303,309) are among the eight first-time starters in this year’s lineups. The Red Wings (32-8-3, 67 points) hold a commanding 15-point lead in the Western Conference standings and became the first club in NHL history to post 30 victories in the first half of the season following a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Jan. 2.

Joining the three Red Wings in the Western Conference lineup are Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla (244,538) and defenseman Dion Phaneuf (307,358), each making his first career start, and the Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo (263,221), who was voted the Western Conference starter in  goal for the second consecutive year.

The 2007-08 season marked the 20th year in which fans determined the starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game. From Nov. 13 through Jan. 2, fans around the world were able to vote online at for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team. In addition, U.S. fans could cast votes through Verizon Wireless cell phones. The top three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference comprised the starting lineups.

Complete rosters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, selected by the  NHL’s Hockey Operations Department in conjunction with NHL general  managers, will be announced on Thursday (Western Conference) and Friday (Eastern Conference).

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national  broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the  NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and  CBC and RDS in Canada.

 2008 Eastern Conference All-Star Team Starting Lineup

 Position  Player            NHL Club            Votes    A-S Game  A-S Start

 Goal      Martin Brodeur    New Jersey          220,392 10th        4th

 Defense   Andrei Markov     Montreal            316,136 1st         1st

 Defense   Zdeno Chara       Boston              271,272 3rd         1st

 Forward   Sidney Crosby     Pittsburgh          507,274 2nd         2nd

 Forward   Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay   224,661   3rd               1st

 Forward   Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa              224,483 5th         1st

 2008 Western Conference All-Star Team Starting Lineup

 Position  Player       NHL Club            Votes         A-S Game A-S Start

 Goal      Roberto Luongo    Vancouver           263,221 3rd         2nd

 Defense   Nicklas Lidstrom  Detroit             477,787 10th        8th

 Defense   Dion Phaneuf      Calgary             307,358 2nd         1st

 Forward   Henrik Zetterberg Detroit             326,244 * 2nd       1st

 Forward   Pavel Datsyuk     Detroit             303,309 2nd         1st

 Forward   Jarome Iginla     Calgary             244,538 4th         1st

 * includes selection to 2007 All-Star Game (missed game due to injury)

2008 XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports


 Eastern Conference Goaltenders

 Martin Brodeur    New Jersey         220,392

 Henrik Lundqvist  NY Rangers         175,350

 Cristobal Huet    Montreal           170,215

 Martin Biron      Philadelphia       123,025

 Ryan Miller       Buffalo            90,146

 Ray Emery         Ottawa             56,293

 Rick DiPietro     NY Islanders       55,395

 Cam Ward          Carolina           42,753

 Olaf Kolzig       Washington         34,712

 Tomas Vokoun      Florida            28,029

 Eastern Conference Forwards

Sidney Crosby     Pittsburgh         507,274

 Vincent Lecavalier                   Tampa Bay       224,661

 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa             224,483

 Daniel Briere     Philadelphia       188,740

 Alex Ovechkin     Washington         177,574

 Ilya Kovalchuk    Atlanta            173,629

 Dany Heatley      Ottawa             134,782

 Saku Koivu        Montreal           112,794

 Maxim Afinogenov  Buffalo            111,425

 Chris Drury       NY Rangers         92,337

 Evgeni Malkin     Pittsburgh         79,566

 Mats Sundin       Toronto            77,814

 Jason Blake       Toronto            72,905

 Jaromir Jagr      NY Rangers         72,646

 Alex Kovalev *    Montreal           67,340

 Simon Gagne       Philadelphia       63,074

 Jason Spezza      Ottawa             62,595

 Marian Hossa      Atlanta            58,991

 Thomas Vanek      Buffalo            56,936

 Mike Richards *   Philadelphia       55,145

 Martin St. Louis  Tampa Bay          47,798

 Patrik Elias      New Jersey         47,536

 Brendan Shanahan  NY Rangers         46,016

 Vyacheslav Kozlov Atlanta            39,528

 Eric Staal        Carolina           35,179

 Marc Savard       Boston             27,870

 Bill Guerin       NY Islanders       27,097

 Scott Gomez       NY Rangers         26,936

 Olli Jokinen      Florida            25,959

 Justin Williams   Carolina           21,532

 Brian Gionta      New Jersey         20,752

 Brad Richards     Tampa Bay          15,458

 * write-in candidate

 Eastern Conference Defensemen

 Andrei Markov     Montreal           316,136

 Zdeno Chara       Boston             271,272

 Brian Campbell    Buffalo            205,332

 Tomas Kaberle     Toronto            193,634

 Kimmo Timonen     Philadelphia       156,471

 Wade Redden       Ottawa             150,284

 Jay Bouwmeester   Florida            140,058

 Ryan Whitney      Pittsburgh         138,655

 Bryan McCabe      Toronto            111,154

 Dan Boyle         Tampa Bay          106,203

 Chris Phillips    Ottawa             103,203

 Henrik Tallinder  Buffalo            86,070

 Western Conference Goaltenders

 Roberto Luongo    Vancouver          263,221

 Pascal Leclaire   Columbus           180,381

 Dominik Hasek     Detroit            119,465

 J-S Giguere       Anaheim            102,051

 Miikka Kiprusoff  Calgary            84,416

 Niklas Backstrom  Minnesota          79,727

 Evgeni Nabokov    San Jose           58,434

 Nikolai Khabibulin                   Chicago   53,217

 Marty Turco       Dallas             47,680

 Western Conference Forwards

 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit            326,244

 Pavel Datsyuk     Detroit            303,309

 Jarome Iginla     Calgary            244,538

 Mike Cammalleri   Los Angeles        165,042

 Joe Sakic         Colorado           162,489

 Joe Thornton      San Jose           147,795

 Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose           143,375

 Marian Gaborik    Minnesota          139,828

 Ryan Getzlaf      Anaheim            132,180

 Jason Arnott      Nashville          127,288

 Rick Nash         Columbus           118,240

 Paul Stastny      Colorado           113,928

 Mike Modano       Dallas             98,086

 Paul Kariya       St. Louis          76,703

 Shane Doan        Phoenix            75,595

 Anze Kopitar      Los Angeles        64,856

 Markus Naslund    Vancouver          54,788

 Ryan Smyth        Colorado           50,222

 Ales Hemsky       Edmonton           49,680

 Henrik Sedin      Vancouver          47,797

 Daniel Sedin      Vancouver          46,795

 Martin Havlat     Chicago            46,321

 Milan Hejduk      Colorado           42,255

 Andy McDonald     St. Louis          35,196

 Keith Tkachuk     St. Louis          32,576

 Patrick Marleau   San Jose           31,268

 Brian Rolston     Minnesota          27,423

 Daymond Langkow   Calgary            26,157

 Brenden Morrow    Dallas             23,991

 Patrick Kane *    Chicago            18,589

 David Legwand     Nashville          13,881

 * write-in candidate

 Western Conference Defensemen

 Nicklas Lidstrom  Detroit            477,787

 Dion Phaneuf      Calgary            307,358

 Chris Pronger     Anaheim            206,590

 Rob Blake         Los Angeles        177,113

 Francois Beauchemin                  Anaheim   151,746

 Brian Rafalski    Detroit            139,492

 Sergei Zubov      Dallas             101,585

 Sheldon Souray    Edmonton           97,539

 Scott Hannan      Colorado           96,621

 Ed Jovanovski     Phoenix            91,644

 Mattias Ohlund    Vancouver          88,579

 Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles        53,250

 Robyn Regehr      Calgary            37,022


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