Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been selected to the All-Star Game. Six players were chosen as the first selections based on fan balloting. Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith were the other selections.
The game will be held Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. The NHL will announce 36 additional players Jan. 11. The total of 42 players will vote for two captains who will then draft their teams from the pool of 42.
It is the fourth all-star selection for Crosby. He participated in the 2007 game, but injuries prevented him from playing in 2008 or 2009. In 40 games this season, Crosby leads the league in goals (32) and points (65).
Malkin was selected for the third time. He played in the 2008 and 2009 games. In 35 games this season, Malkin has 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists).
Fleury and Letang are each first-time selections.
Fleury is the second goaltender in Penguins history to be selected. The first was Michel Dion in 1982. Fleury is 17-9-2 this season with a 2.31 goals against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout.
Letang is fourth among defenseman in scoring this season with 33 points (6 goals, 27 assists) in 40 games.
The last time the Penguins had at least four selections was 1993. Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens and Rick Tocchet were each chosen for that game.
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