Crosby leads All-Star voting; Stamkos 6th

The Penguins' Sidney Crosby led all vote-getters in the All-Star Game fan balloting with 118,755 votes in the first round of results released Tuesday, and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos was sixth.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was second with 82,968 votes. Rounding out the top five were Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (79,953).

The Canadiens' Carey Price led all goalies with 71,199 votes, all write-ins.

Stamkos — who leads the league in goals with 20, is tied with Crosby for the lead in points with 35 and also leads the league with 10 power-play goals and 17 power-play points — had 78,833 votes. He was fourth among forwards.

The Lightning's Marty St. Louis, who is second in the league in points and third in assists (19) behind the Canucks' Henrik Sedin (22) and Crosby (20), had 12,852 votes, putting him 38th among forwards. Vinny Lecavalier had 5,664 votes.

Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier are the only Lightning players on the ballot and were the only ones with vote totals reported.

More than 3.62 million votes had been cast since voting began Nov. 15 for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C. Voting ends Jan. 3 and is being done only at NHL.com.

The league shelved the game's Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference setup for this season. Under the new format, the three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their categories will be named All-Stars. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will select the remaining 36 players for the game.

All the players will then select two captains for each team, and the captains will draft their teams from the remaining players.

Tuesday's game: Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves for his 17th career shutout, and Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each scored twice as the host Coyotes won their seventh straight, 5-0 over the Oilers. Stempniak added an assist, and Wojtek Wolski had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Around the league: Bruins forward Marc Savard, who hasn't played this season because of postconcussion syndrome, was cleared for full-contact workouts and full participation in practices. There is no timetable for his return to games. … The Sabres will be without goalie Ryan Miller against the Penguins tonight. Miller will miss his second straight game with a groin injury. He had gone 3-1 after missing six games with a hip injury.

at Coyotes 1 2 2 5
Oilers 0 0 0 0
at Coyotes 1 2 2 5
Oilers 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Phoenix, Hanzal 5 (Ra.Whitney, Schlemko), :48. PenaltiesHorcoff, Edm (holding), 10:15.

Second Period2, Phoenix, Wolski 4 (Stempniak, Ekman-Larsson), 2:00. 3, Phoenix, Stempniak 6 (Belanger, Schlemko), 17:07 (pp). PenaltiesSchlemko, Pho (hooking), 7:55; Cogliano, Edm (delay of game), 16:06.

Third Period4, Phoenix, Hanzal 6 (Morris, Doan), 13:45. 5, Phoenix, Stempniak 7 (Belanger, Wolski), 19:09. PenaltiesUpshall, Pho (holding), 5:15. Shots on GoalEdmonton 4-12-7—23. Phoenix 16-7-11—34. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 0 of 2; Phoenix 1 of 2. GoaliesEdmonton, Dubnyk 1-1-3 (34 shots-29 saves). Phoenix, Bryzgalov 10-2-5 (23-23). A9,354 (17,135).

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

Crosby leads All-Star voting; Stamkos 6th 11/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:12am]

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