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Crosby leads fan voting as Penguins and Blackhawks dominate all-star balloting

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Washington Capitals\' Alex Ovechkin, right, and Pittsburgh Penguins\' Sidney Crosby (87) skate during the second period of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. The Penguins and the Blackhawks dominated the NHL\'s all-star fan balloting.Pittsburgh\'s Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, and Chicago\'s Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith are the six players selected by the fans for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gene J. Puskar Author: The Hockey News

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Crosby leads fan voting as Penguins and Blackhawks dominate all-star balloting

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Penguins and the Blackhawks dominated the NHL's all-star fan balloting.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, and Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith are the six players selected by the fans for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C.

Crosby was the top-voted player with 635,509 total votes. Toews tallied 407,676 total votes and Crosby's Pittsburgh teammate Malkin received 376,887 to round out the top three forwards. Pittsburgh's Letang, a write-in candidate, was the top-voted defenceman with 477,960 votes and will be joined by fellow defenceman Duncan Keith, who received 382,162 votes.

Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury was the top-voted goaltender with 426,305 votes.

The six players will be joined in Raleigh by 36 additional all-stars, who will be unveiled on Jan. 11. Twelve rookies will also be selected to participate in the skills competition.

The 42 all-stars will nominate captains and alternates, who will choose the teams in a draft that will be shown live on TSN on Jan. 28.

Fan voting officially closed at 11:59 p.m. Monday. More than 14.3 million total votes were registered.

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Crosby leads fan voting as Penguins and Blackhawks dominate all-star balloting