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ASG Voting is Tightening in the Eastern Conference

New York (December 16, 2008) – Sidney Crosby has won a Hart Trophy and an Art Ross Trophy. He has won a Winter Classic with a shootout goal and captained his team to a Stanley Cup Final. Now, he is threatening to break Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record for the most votes received in one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.

        As of 7 a.m. today, Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin were running 1-2 among Eastern Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25 in Montreal. With a little more than two weeks remaining until voting ends Jan. 2, Crosby had received a League-high 793,995 votes – with Malkin in hot pursuit with 715,663.

        That put both within striking distance of the record 1,020,736 votes cast for Jagr in 2000.

        While Penguins were the front-runners up front, Montreal Canadiens continued to dominate the voting on the blue line and in goal. But the races are tightening.

        As they have since balloting began, Montreal’s Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek maintained their lead in the balloting to select the starting defensemen for the Eastern Conference.

        Similarly, Montreal’s Carey Price held onto the top spot among Eastern Conference goaltenders as of this morning’s update. But Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury had closed to within just 68,300 votes.

        The vote totals, as of 7 a.m. ET, in the fan balloting for the Eastern Conference starters are detailed below. A Western Conference update will be issued tomorrow.

Through Jan. 2, NHL fans can vote as often as they like in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com. Those in the U.S. and Canada also are able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. Real-time results are available exclusively at http://Vote.NHL.com/results
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        Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players—three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. Fans are permitted to select as few as one player—a balloted player or write-in—per online ballot at Vote.NHL.com or via text message.

        To vote using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Fans interested in voting for all of their favorite team’s balloted players can text the team nickname (e.g., Bruins) to 81812. Standard text messaging charges will apply.

Eastern Conference

(as of 12/16/08, 7 a.m. ET)


Player                   NHL Club         Votes

Forwards

Sidney Crosby           Pittsburgh          793,995
Evgeni Malkin           Pittsburgh          715,663
Alex Kovalev             Montreal           628,797
Saku Koivu               Montreal           628,637
Alex Tanguay           Montreal           618,262
Alex Ovechkin           Washington        300,189
Marc Savard             Boston            181,745
Patrice Bergeron         Boston             167,681
Alexander Semin         Washington        138521
Thomas Vanek           Buffalo             113,228
Simon Gagne           Philadelphia       101,713
Mike Richards           Philadelphia        80,910
Danny Briere             Philadelphia       72,328
Derek Roy               Buffalo             63,691
Vincent Lecavalier       Tampa Bay       63,520
Dany Heatley             Ottawa             43,478
Ilya Kovalchuk           Atlanta             43,188
Daniel Alfredsson       Ottawa             40,059
Chris Drury             NY Rangers      39,352
Eric Staal               Carolina           35,352
Zach Parise             New Jersey        30,425
Markus Naslund         NY Rangers      28,769
Scott Gomez             NY Rangers      27,639
*Jordan Staal           Pittsburgh          25,666
Martin St. Louis         Tampa Bay        23,892
Jason Spezza           Ottawa            23,788
Rod Brind’Amour       Carolina           18,531
Patrik Elias               New Jersey       16,777
Brian Rolston           New Jersey       15,836
*Jeff Carter               Philadelphia       15,375
Ray Whitney             Carolina            14,045
*Philip Kessel           Boston             11,650
*Milan Lucic             Boston             11,409
Trent Hunter             NY Islanders       7,167

Defensemen

Andrei Markov           Montreal          694,906
Mike Komisarek         Montreal           634,389
Sergei Gonchar         Pittsburgh          564,044
Ryan Whitney           Pittsburgh         531,327
Zdeno Chara             Boston             332,586
Mike Green               Washington       223,055
Kimmo Timonen         Philadelphia       112,921
Teppo Numminen       Buffalo             97,866
Tomas Kaberle         Toronto             81,417
Wade Redden           NY Rangers      61,295
Jay Bouwmeester       Florida             56,586
Chris Phillips             Ottawa             23,756

Goaltenders

Carey Price             Montreal           679,944
Marc-Andre Fleury     Pittsburgh         611,692
Henrik Lundqvist         NY Rangers       120,020
Ryan Miller               Buffalo             104,521
*Tim Thomas           Boston             70,423
Martin Biron             Philadelphia       69,693
Martin Brodeur           New Jersey       49,622
Vesa Toskala           Toronto             32,813
Kari Lehtonen           Atlanta             14,019
Tomas Vokoun           Florida            10,395
Rick DiPietro             NY Islanders      9,680


Note: Write-in candidates are denoted by an asterisk (*)

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