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Blackhawks near top of All-Star Game leaderboard after week one

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 2:05 PM / News
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Blackhawks near top of All-Star Game leaderboard after week one
Get-out-the-vote has Ottawa dominating early ballot results.

Fans of the Ottawa Senators want to see their hometown stars in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, and they are proving it early in the ASG voting process.

Three members of the Senators, who are one point shy of the top eight in the Eastern Conference in a season most pundits pegged them to struggle, are among the top four vote-getters as the first official polling numbers were announced Tuesday afternoon. If the voting ended now for the game, which will be played Jan. 29 at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place, they would all among the first six All-Stars selected.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson, 21, is tied for the League lead in points at his position with 18, and he leads all ASG vote-getters with 147,468 votes. Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson is first among forwards and second overall with 131,774, while Jason Spezza is third among forwards and fourth overall at 117,899 votes.

Toronto's Phil Kessel would join the three Senators among the first six if the voting ended now, as would a pair of Boston Bruins -- defenseman Zdeno Chara and goaltender Tim Thomas.

There are nine players who have received at least 100,000 votes to this point and a fourth member of the Senators, forward Milan Michalek is among them. He's fourth on the list of forwards with 108,247 votes.

Kessel leads the NHL in goals (16) and points (29), and he is currently second among forwards with 128,390 votes. Two Philadelphia Flyers (Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr) and a pair of Chicago Blackhawks (Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) occupy spots No. 5 through No. 8 among the forwards.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby checks in at No. 9 with 74,528 votes, and he might rise up this list pretty quickly if he has more games like his two-goal, four-point night Monday in his season debut. He had 14,000 votes in a 24-hour span leading up Tuesday morning alone.

Boston's Tyler Seguin is the leader among write-in candidates. He has 41,443 votes, which is 24th among forwards. New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi has the second-most write-in votes with 37,836.

Chara is currently locked in a tight battle with Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for the No. 2 spot among defensemen. The Boston captain has 110,098 votes -- a little over 2,000 more than Lidstrom. Other defensemen not far behind Chara include Pittsburgh's Kris Letang (105,741 votes), Toronto's Dion Phaneuf (102,044) and Chicago's Duncan Keith (96,920).

The top competitor for Thomas in net is Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Thomas has 95,681 votes while Fleury checks in with 88,100. Toronto goaltender James Reimer is third at 73,158.

Fans can vote at vote.nhl.com. The virtual poll booth closes on Jan. 4.



FORWARDS
TEAM PLAYER VOTES
* Write-in candidate
Daniel Alfredsson 131,774
Phil Kessel 128,390
Jason Spezza 117,899
Milan Michalek 108,247
Claude Giroux 97,607
Jonathan Toews 95,860
Jaromir Jagr 91,621
Patrick Kane 86,900
Sidney Crosby 74,528
Joffrey Lupul 69,584
Marian Hossa 68,442
Pavel Datsyuk 63,251
Alex Ovechkin 60,675
Daniel Sedin 58,951
Evgeni Malkin 58,646
James Neal 56,748
Henrik Sedin 52,182
Daniel Briere 50,221
Patrick Sharp 49,479
Ryan Kesler 48,576
Marian Gaborik 47,980
Steven Stamkos 47,488
Thomas Vanek 44,316
* Tyler Seguin 41,443
Henrik Zetterberg 37,256
Anze Kopitar 36,922
Joe Pavelski 36,587
Jordan Staal 36,042


DEFENSEMEN
TEAM PLAYER VOTES
* Write-in candidate
Erik Karlsson 147,468
Zdeno Chara 110,098
Nicklas Lidstrom 108,042
Kris Letang 105,741
Dion Phaneuf 102,044
Duncan Keith 96,920
Sergei Gonchar 89,561
Brent Seabrook 78,060
Shea Weber 71,266
Chris Pronger 69,593
Kimmo Timonen 65,067
John-Michael Liles 59,554
Alexander Edler 57,261
P.K. Subban 55,517
Dan Boyle 43,300
Sheldon Souray 39,263
Brent Burns 38,450
* Dan Girardi 37,836
Drew Doughty 37,355
Niklas Kronwall 36,571


GOALIES
TEAM PLAYER VOTES
* Write-in candidate
Tim Thomas 95,681
Marc-Andre Fleury 88,100
James Reimer 73,158
Pekka Rinne 72,235
Henrik Lundqvist 65,441
Ilya Bryzgalov 60,595
Nikolai Khabibulin 51,515
Carey Price 50,251
Roberto Luongo 49,427
Kari Lehtonen 42,527
Jonathan Quick 39,498
* Corey Crawford
36,921