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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 150,129 votes.

The defenseman sits third among Eastern blueliners behind Montreal's Andrei Markov (247,246) and Boston's Zdeno Chara (197,042).

Buffalo's remaining defenseman on the ballot, Henrik Tallinder ranks 12th with 64,418 votes.


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Goaltender Ryan Miller is fifth among Eastern goalies with 65,026 votes,  while forwards Maxim Afinogenov (9th) received 80,693 votes and Thomas Vanek (18th) got 42,754 votes.

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 fifth straight week, Crosby is the front runner in the Eastern Conference with 381,941 votes.  More than 9.2 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.
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