Crosby, Red Wings lead All-Star fan balloting
The 20-year-old Crosby leads the league with 445,144 votes and Detroit is set to have three starters in the Jan. 27 game in Atlanta with balloting ending Wednesday. Crosby's total is more than twice as many as the next Eastern Conference forward, Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning with 198,953.
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maintained his lead in the Western Conference with 420,436 votes, and teammates Henrik Zetterberg (291,952) and Pavel Datsyuk (262,619) were the conference leaders among forwards.
Crosby, who has 16 goals and 48 points, became the youngest player to be voted into the All-Star Game when he also led all players in votes last year. In Crosby's rookie season of 2005-06, the Olympics replaced the All-Star Game.
In the East, forward Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators is third behind Crosby and Lecavalier with 197,693 votes, slightly ahead of Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers (162,019). Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens (282,336) and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins (234,779) are the top defenders.
More than 10.8 million votes have been cast to determine the starting lineups. Fans can vote at NHL.com for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team.
The starters will be announced Jan. 8.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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