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2012 NHL All-Star Game Rosters: Alex Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman Make It, Nicklas Backstrom Snubbed

Alex Ovechkin made his fifth All-Star team, while Dennis Wideman will make his All-Star debut, but Nicklas Backstrom won't join his Caps teammates in Ottawa for the game despite leading the team in points.

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(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman will represent the Washington Capitals at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, according to Mike Vogel of the team's official website. The league announced the complete 2012 NHL All-Star Game roster on Thursday. Conspiculously absent from the game is Nicklas Backstrom, who owns a commanding lead over Ovechkin as the team's leader in points, with 42. The Ottawa Senators host the All-Star Game, with the puck set to drop Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place.

This All-Star selection is Ovechkin's fifth in his seven-year NHL career. He leads Washington with 17 goals and ranks No. 2 in points with 33. Wideman, 28, makes his first All-Star appearance. The defenseman ranks No. 2 in assists (20) and No. 3 in points (28) for the Capitals.

Fans voted on the first six All-Stars, naming four players from the host Senators. The NHL will soon announce team captains, who will then select the teams on Jan. 26.

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