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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
All-Star voting: Evgeni Malkin rewarded

By Pierre LeBrun

Pierre LeBrun has no issues with Sidney Crosby as the runaway leader in All-Star voting, but he doesn't understand the success of the rest of the Penguins.

Here's a breakdown by position (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Dec. 20):


This is why you don't let the fans choose the entire lineup for the All-Star Game. Evgeni Malkin has finally showed up to play this season and his two-week highlight show was enough to push him past Hart Trophy candidate Steven Stamkos, the NHL's second-leading scorer. Come on, folks, seriously! Let's give Mr. Stamkos some love!!! I'm also perturbed that another Hart Trophy candidate, Detroit's wunderkind center, Pavel Datsyuk, is 12th in voting among forwards. I thought Detroit was Hockeytown, USA? Get voting Red Wings fans!

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 464,832
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, 277,418
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 242,851
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, 238,680
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 209,232
Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens, 209,033
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 205,776
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 197,591
*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 196,886
*-Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 182,164
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 180,399
Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 176,360
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 165,238
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 160,067
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 141,414
*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 129,580
Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 105,872
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 104,596
Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 100,025
*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 87,808
*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 87,054
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 86,605
Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 74,236
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 65,322
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 63,442
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, 53,036
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 48,239
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, 48,149
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 46,347
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 43,757
*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 43,112
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 38,936
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 37,295
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 36,394
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 36,325
*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 35,773
Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 35,478
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 34,338
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 33,796
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks, 32,020
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 31,802
*-Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers, 29,814
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 29,692
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 29,199
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 27,365
*-Jody Shelley, Philadelphia Flyers, 26,074
*-David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 25,731
*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 25,237
Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings, 24,258
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Stars, 23,410
Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 22,121
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 21,307
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 21,187
*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 20,249
R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 19,435
*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 19,331
*-Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, 18,862
*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 18,433
*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 17,881
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 17,494
Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 14,989
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 14,967
*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 14,380
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 13,700
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 13,348
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 12,867
John Tavares, New York Islanders, 12,384
*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 12,326
*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 12,008
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 11,410
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 11,087
*-Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, 10,776
*-Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins, 9,301
*-Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, 8,107
*-David Perron, St. Louis Stars, 8,040
*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 8,038
*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 7,628
*-Kris Versteeg, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7,039
*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 6,996
*-Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, 6,990
*-Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres, 6,885
David Booth, Florida Panthers, 6,766


Listen, Kris Letang is having a wonderful season, one even worthy of Norris Trophy nomination at this point. But that the Penguins blueliner is more than 100,000 votes ahead of six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom makes me sick to my stomach. Where's the respect, hockey fans?? And while we're at it, let's get Dustin Byfuglien more votes. He's ninth in voting among blueliners and deserves to be top three, in my books, for the kind of season he's having in Atlanta.

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 342,118
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 271,227
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 254,500
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 241,922
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 204,622
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 177,068
*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 172,695
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 139,937
Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 133,885
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 127,307
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 126,589
Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 125,590
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 94,701
Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 81,313
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 67,627
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 63,434
Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 59,507
Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 54,773
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 54,196
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 47,962
Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 47,056
*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 43,779
*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 40,087
*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 38,348
*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 35,615
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 34,862
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 31,884
Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 23,949
*-John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 23,596
*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 23,251
Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 21,307
*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 20,303
*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 16,814
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 15,308
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 14,507
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 13,732
*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 12,715
*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 11,961
*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 11,830
*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 11,189
Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 10,634
*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 10,597
*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 10,246
*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 9,817
*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 9,282
*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 9,254
*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 8,184
*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Stars, 8,113
*-Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, 7,329
*-Roman Hamrlik, Montreal Canadiens, 7,299
*-Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks, 7,207
Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 6,382
*-Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers, 6,157
*-Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Stars, 6,114
Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 5,464


Carey Price continues to lead all goalies in voting and that’s fine by me because the Canadiens would be nowhere without him this season. But, I’d like to see Tim Thomas right up there with him. Instead, he remains fourth behind Marc-Andre Fleury and Sergei Bobrovsky. Fleury has been dynamite over the past month, but I guess he gets a pass from voters for taking the first six weeks of the season off. I'm also surprised to see Henrik Lundqvist only ninth in voting among goalies. He's having one the best seasons of his career and like Price, he's the biggest reason his team is in a playoff spot right now.

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 286,602
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 259,596
*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 226,994
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 130,283
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Stars, 110,722
*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 109,001
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 88,798
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 71,000
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 63,880
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks, 59,912
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 58,233
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 45,178
*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 31,616
*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 30,783
Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 30,700
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 24,799
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 22,880
*-Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, 22,794
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 19,184
Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 18,092
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 15,631
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 14,476
*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 12,597
*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 11,709
*Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals, 9,425
*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 8,367
Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 7,918
*-Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers, 7,000
*-Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars, 6,997
Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 6,185