| WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has been named to the Eastern Conference starting lineup for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game to be played Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Dallas.
Ovechkin, 21, becomes the first Capitals player to be voted into the starting lineup by fan ballot since Hall of Fame defenseman Rod Langway in 1985-86. Ovechkin received 475,297 votes in the online ballot, the third-highest total among Eastern Conference forwards. It’s the first NHL All-Star appearance for Ovechkin; the NHL did not hold an All-Star Game last season due to participation in the Olympics.
Ovechkin currently leads the NHL with 28 goals and ranks second in the league with 59 points, including two goals and three points tonight against Philadelphia. The 2006 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL rookie of the year, he is ahead of his scoring pace from a season ago when he finished with 106 points, the second-best total in Capitals history. Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play goals (11), tied for first in game-winning goals (6) and first in shots (233).
Ovechkin has 80 goals since the start of last season, more than any other player in the NHL. He has points in 34 of the Capitals’ 43 games, including 19 of the last 22 games, with 36 points in that time (15 goals, 21 assists).
Joining Ovechkin in the Eastern Conference All-Star starting lineup are goaltender Ryan Miller (Buffalo), defensemen Brian Campbell (Buffalo) and Sheldon Souray (Montreal) and forwards Daniel Briere (Buffalo) and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh). The remainder of the All-Star rosters will be named on Saturday, Jan. 13.