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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
All-Star voting: What fans are getting right, wrong

By Pierre LeBrun

Like the NHL scoring race, Sidney Crosby is beginning to run away with the All-Star fan voting, as well. Updated ballots Tuesday showed the Penguins captain leading all NHL players with 319,809 votes, more than doubling his teammate Evgeni Malkin, who sits in fifth place among forwards.

Voting runs through Jan. 3 as fans will select the All-Star starters, while team captains will pick the rest of the teams for the All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30.

Here is a look at how things are shaping up (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Dec. 6):


Claude Giroux, the pride of Hearst in Northern Ontario, leads all write-in candidates among forwards with 147,993 votes. Inexplicably, Sean Avery is the next highest in write-in votes among forwards, which just goes to show that, like the All-Star Game itself, the voting can sometimes be a total joke.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins, 319,809
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, 196,792
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, 191,265
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 168,684
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 159,119
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 152,859
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 151,354
Michael Cammalleri Montreal Canadiens, 150,544
*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 147,993
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 138,204
Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 132,826
Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 131,799
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 125,905
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 113,307
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 110,060
Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 82,550
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 81,130
Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 80,336
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 71,404
*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 64,450
*-Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 62,611
*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 61,711
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 52,974
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 48,354
*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 43,900
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, 42,275
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 39,069
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, 38,593
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 36,274
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 35,904
*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 34,406
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 31,355
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 31,066
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 29,898
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 29,862
Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 29,427
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 29,235
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 26,560
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 26,031
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks, 25,664
Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers, 23,464
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 22,854
*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 22,008
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 21,952
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 21,283
David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 20,917
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, 20,342
Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings, 19,792
Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 18,404
*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 18,325
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 17,864
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 16,858
R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 15,844
*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 15,571
*-Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, 15,310
*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 14,910
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 14,605
*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 14,223
Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 12,729
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 12,097
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 11,937
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 11,403
*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 10,707
John Tavares, New York Islanders, 10,480
*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 10,341
*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 10,266
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 9,774
*-Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, 9,528
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 8,546
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 8,470
*-David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 7,615
*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 7,127
*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 7,023
*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 6,685
*-Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres, 6,542
*-Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, 6,494
*-Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins, 6,219
*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 5,688
*-Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, 5,610
David Booth, Florida Panthers, 5,617


Kris Letang, a write-in candidate, is having a Norris Trophy-worthy season and the fans have noticed, giving him the lead among blueliners with 210,807 votes. No offense to Letang, who deserves attention for his wonderful season, but it’s a complete travesty that Nicklas Lidstrom doesn’t lead this list.

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 210,807
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 194,602
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 188,744
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 187,818
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 156,461
*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 127,112
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 126,394
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 115,928
Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 108,092
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 97,601
Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 95,632
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 79,762
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 78,132
Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 64,079
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 56,630
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 52,167
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 45,334
Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 44,760
Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 43,703
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 39,510
Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 39,342
*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 31,147
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 29,078
*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 27,901
*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 27,775
*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 27,479
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 24,552
*-John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 19,581
*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 18,173
Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 17,623
*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 16,953
Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 15,968
*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 14,523
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 12,242
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 11,830
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 10,919
*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 10,643
*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 9,526
*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 9,171
Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 9,077
*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 8,759
*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 8,705
*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 8,602
*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 8,021
*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 7,755
*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 7,531
*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 7,115
*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 6,125
*-Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks, 6,108
Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 5,196
*-Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, 5,130
Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 4,713


Carey Price continues to lead all goalies despite not being on the original ballot, as the write-in candidate and early-season Vezina Trophy candidate has 209,025 votes. Tim Thomas should be right there with him, but is ranked fourth. Go figure. The fans saw fit to put Marc-Andre Fleury third in voting even though he took the first month of the season off before getting back his game. Ah, the joy of fan balloting!

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 209,025
*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 169,680
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 152,264
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 101,391
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, 94,213
*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 84,137
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 71,954
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 57,495
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 50,665
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks, 48,513
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 47,957
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 34,670
*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 28,852
*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 27,642
Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 23,662
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 21,158
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 20,043
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 14,923
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 14,335
Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 14,149
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 11,969
*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 11,163
*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 10,823
*-Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, 8,131
*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7,207
Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 6,425
*-Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals, 6,024
Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 5,461