Luongo, Iginla among All-Star starters
1/8/2008 12:14:14 PM
Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo, Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov are going to Atlanta.
All five players have been voted into the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, to be played at Philips Arena on Jan. 27.
The Detroit Red Wings lead the way with three starters, with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk starting for the Western Conference.
Lidstrom led all Western Conference players with 477,787 votes and will be making his eighth consecutive All-Star Game start, while Zetterberg (326,244) and Datsyuk (303,309) are among the eight first-time starters in this year's lineups.
Jarome Iginla (244,538) and Phaneuf (307,358) will each make their first career start, and Luongo (263,221), was voted the Western Conference starter in goal for the second consecutive year.
Reigning NHL MVP and scoring champion Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who led all vote-getters for the second consecutive season with 507,274 votes, heads the list of six Eastern Conference starters. Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning (224,661) will also start up front.
Also voted to the Eastern Conference blueline is Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins (271,272), another first-time starter. The goaltender will be Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils (220,392), who captured his fourth career All-Star starting berth and will be making his 10th appearance overall, tied with Lidstrom for the most among the players announced Tuesday.
Complete rosters, as selected by the NHL's hockey operations department in conjunction with general managers, will be announced on Thursday (Western) and Friday (Eastern).