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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Of the five Buffalo Sabres nominated for the 2008 XM / NHL All-Star Game, captain Brian Campbell continues to lead the pack, receiving 102,024 votes.

The defenseman sits third among Eastern blueliners behind Montreal's Andrei Markov (182,686) and Boston's Zdeno Chara (132,077) and is ranked seventh in voting for all positions in the conference.

Buffalo's remaining defenseman on the ballot, Henrik Tallinder ranks 12th with 43,415 votes.


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Goaltender Ryan Miller is fifth among Eastern goalies with  42,627 votes,  while forwards Maxim Afinogenov (9th) received 53,685 votes and Thomas Vanek (19th) got 28,530.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has maintained his lead among all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.  For the third straight week, Crosby is the front runner in the Eastern Conference with 268,045 votes.  Markov holds on for second in votes with 182,686, followed by Chara with 132,077 votes. 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 (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio).   Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team.

If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for write-in votes. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.

The leading vote-getters by position are forwards Crosby, Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators (119,825) and Vincent Lecavalier (117,058) of the Tampa Bay Lightning; defensemen Markov and Chara; and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet (106,726).
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