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Gonchar Joins Crosby On All-Star Team

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will join Sidney Crosby in Atlanta for the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27.

Gonchar was added to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve. Crosby, who led the overall fan balloting, was voted to start for the all-star squad.

Left wing Dany Heatley and center Jason Spezza of the Eastern Conference’s top-ranked Ottawa Senators also were added, joining the third member of the NHL’s highest-scoring trio, right wing Daniel Alfredsson, who was voted to the starting lineup. The three would be the first forward line from the same club to skate in an All-Star Game since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Kevin Stevens represented the Prince of Wales Conference in 1992 at Philadelphia.

The head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be the Senators’John Paddock, making his first career All-Star Game coaching appearance.

The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with NHL general managers.

The players selected Friday join Alfredsson and the other five players voted by fans to the starting lineup, forwards Crosby and Vincent Lecavalier of the Lightning, defensemen Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

2008 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER

(statistics through games of Jan. 10)

                                     2007-08 Statistics  



GOALTENDERS                            GP  W  L  OT    GAA Appearance

* Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils    38  23 13 2     2.11     10th

Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders      37  16 14 5     2.52     1st

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers         39  19 17 2     2.65     2nd

                                     2007-08 Statistics

DEFENSEMEN                             GP  G  A   Pts  Appearance

* Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens    43  11 19  30            1st

* Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins           43  6  20  26            3rd

Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres         42  4  24  28            2nd

Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins    39  7  27  34            4th

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs     44  6  21  27            3rd

Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers     39  5  15  20            3rd

                                     2007-08 Statistics 

FORWARDS                               GP  G  A   Pts  Appearance

* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins   43  18 41  59            2nd

* Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning  44 28  35            63      3rd

* Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators   41  26 30  56            5th

Scott Gomez, New York Rangers          44  10 30  40            2nd

Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators          42  25 30  55            3rd

Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers        42  16 22  38            4th

Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers      45  36 25  61            2nd

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals     43  32 20  52            2nd

Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers     41  19 28  47            1st

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning  44  17 34  51            4th

Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators          36  15 37  52            1st

Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes        46  23 18  41            2nd

* voted by fans to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team’s starting lineup

 

 

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