The Pittsburgh Penguins will be well represented at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina Jan. 30, as four players were selected to participate.
The NHL announced the first six players to be named to the All-Star Game via fan balloting, and four of those six players are Penguins. Forwards Sidney Crosby
and Evgeni Malkin
, defenseman Kris Letang
and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
were chosen through the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM.
Crosby, the current goals (32) and points (65) leader in the NHL, was the top-voted player overall with 635,509 total votes. Fellow forward Malkin placed third in voting among forwards with 376,887.
Letang, who ranks fourth in scoring (33 points) and third in plus-minus (plus-20 rating) among all NHL defensemen, was the top-voted blueliner with 477,960. Letang also led all write-in candidates.
Fleury, who boasts a 17-9-2, 2.31 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, was the top-voted goaltender with a total of 462,305 votes.