Sidney Crosby Withdraws from All-Star Game Due to Injury

Matt Eichel@@mattyalloutSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2009

For yet another year, the NHL All-Star Game will be without one of its biggest stars.

Sidney Crosby, who currently sits second in the league in scoring with 60 points, will rest his injured knee over the All-Star break at the advice of his doctors.

His 1,713,021 votes were the most ever in NHL All-Star fan balloting, which surpassed Jaromir Jagr's previous record.

After missing last years All-Star Game with a high ankle sprain, Crosby will miss his second All-Star Game in his career.

Crosby, who was voted as a starter in Montreal, will be replaced by Tampa Bay Lightning winger Martin St. Louis, who will join Tampa teammate Vincent Lecavalier.

During his short career, Crosby has participated in one All-Star Game, in 2007.

The feeling of missing an All-Star Game so close to home in Montreal may have the NHL's biggest superstar wishing he could play.

Crosby now joins Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom among the walking wounded not participating in this year's All-Star Game.