Lidstrom leads West all-star balloting with 80,903 votes

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NEW YORK - Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings lead all Western Conference vote-getters through the first week of NHL all-star fan balloting.

Lidstrom's 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074. Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf is third with 56,664 votes.

The voting, which determines the starting lineups for the Jan. 27 NHL all-star game in Atlanta, continues through Jan. 2.

Zetterberg leads all Western forwards followed by Flames captain Jarome Iginla (42,552) and Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk (39,041).

Lidstrom and Phaneuf are the front-runners among defencemen followed by Chris Pronger of the Anaheim Ducks (41,046).

Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets tops all Western Conference goaltenders with 37,574 votes followed by Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks (34,050).

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre Sidney Crosby, the league announced Tuesday, led all Eastern Conference players with 94,118 votes.



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