Andrei Markov: The Eastern Conference Fan Favorite

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Andrei Markov: The Eastern Conference Fan Favorite
Icon Sports MediaThe first results from fan voting for the upcoming NHL All-Star game were published yesterday and Montreal's Andrei Markov is leading all Eastern Conference defensemen right now.

For Markov, such a response must come as a surprise—his timid personality has had no effect on his public appreciation. Hockey fans recognize Markov's talent and an appearance into All-Star game would be well-deserved. His teammate Mike Komisarek commented yesterday that Andrei should start in the midseason classic.

Speaking of other Montreal players, Saku Koivu and Christobal Huet also rank in the top 10 in their respective categories. Fan voting ends on January 2nd.

Here are the Eastern Conference poll results as of yesterday:

Forwards:
  1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (94,118)
  2. Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa (41,198)
  3. Daniel Briere, Philadelphia (32,751)
  4. Alex Ovechkin, Washington (30,686)
  5. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay (28,615)
  6. Dany Heatley, Ottawa (27,121)
  7. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta (26,628)
  8. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh (18,015)
  9. Saku Koivu, Montreal (17,891)
  10. Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo (17,782)

Defensemen:
  1. Andrei Markov, Montreal (48,134)
  2. Zdeno Chara, Boston (45,949)
  3. Tomas Kaberle, Toronto (36,125)
  4. Brian Campbell, Buffalo (33,857)
  5. Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia (30,951)
  6. Wade Redden, Ottawa (29,457)
  7. Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh (27,028)
  8. Jay Bouwmeester, Florida (23,454)
  9. Chris Phillips, Ottawa (19,174)
  10. Bryan McCabe, Toronto (18,840)

Goaltenders:
  1. Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers (30,324)
  2. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey (29,631)
  3. Martin Biron, Philadelphia (27,849)
  4. Cristobal Huet, Montreal (24,515)
  5. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (14,112)
  6. Ray Emery, Ottawa (11,752)
  7. Cam Ward, Carolina (10,565)
  8. Rick DiPietro, NY Islanders (10,352)
  9. Tomas Vokoun, Florida (6,949)
  10. Olaf Kolzig, Washington (5,623)
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