MONTREAL -- NHL All-Star Weekend just a little bit more hometown flavor.
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay's top scorer and a native of the Montreal suburb of Laval, was named Thursday to replace an injured Sidney Crosby on the Eastern Conference roster for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.
St. Louis, who has 46 points, is making his fifth All-Star Game appearance and his third straight. On the Tampa Bay scoring chart, he is two points ahead of Vincent Lecavalier, who was named to the All-Star Game earlier this month. The Lightning also sent rookie Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, to perform in the Youngstars Game presented by Upper Deck.
Crosby withdrew Thursday from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played Sunday (6 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio, XM Radio) at the Bell Centre, because of injury concerns.
No offense to St. Louis but thats a disgrace:
Martin St. Louis - GP - 47, G - 17, A - 29, P - 46, +/- +11, PPg - 4, SHG - 2, GWG - 1
Patrik Elias - GP - 47, G - 20, A - 34, P - 54, +/- +14, PPG - 6, SHG - 2, GWG - 5