Write-ins dominate early All-Star voting

The power of Habs fans, eh?

Carey Price is the current leading vote-getter among goalies in All-Star balloting despite not even making the NHL's darn ballot. His sensational season is being recognized so far despite the ballot snub. Well done, Habs fans.

The power of digital voting! Bob the Goalie is second in voting and was also a ballot snub. The league says 33 percent of votes so far have been write-ins. Voting for All-Star starters (three forwards, two defenseman, one goalie) runs through Jan. 3. The All-Star captains will select the rest of the teams on Jan. 28.

Here are the All-Star votes as released by the NHL on Tuesday (* -- denotes a write-in vote; you can also have your say on the All-Star starters here):


*-Carey Price, Montreal, 71,199

*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia, 58,101

Tim Thomas, Boston, 47,646

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis, 47,483

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh, 44,111

Ryan Miller, Buffalo, 39,764

*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit, 31,537

Cam Ward, Carolina, 29,460

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, 29,175

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver, 28,836

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 24,245

Antti Niemi, San Jose, 18,695

*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington, 15,054

*-Marty Turco, Chicago, 13,180

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey, 12,648

Craig Anderson, Colorado, 11,344

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto, 9,944

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota, 9,421

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary, 7,615

Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix, 7,292

Pekka Rinne, Nashville, 6,825

*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim, 5,929

*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose, 5,882

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton, 3,778

Tomas Vokoun, Florida, 3,385


Up front, apparently having 20 goals in 21 games isn't good enough. Steven Stamkos is only fourth in voting. No issue with Sidney Crosby having massive support, though; he’s having another MVP season and is tied with Stamkos in points as of Tuesday afternoon. Claude Giroux of the Flyers is the top vote-getter among write-ins. Another off-the-ballot entry is Phoenix Coyotes' Paul Bisonnette with just under 10,000 write-in votes. Didn’t realize tweeting was part of the skills competition.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh, 118,755

Alex Ovechkin, Washington, 80,169

Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 79,953

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay, 78,833

Patrick Kane, Chicago, 63,969

Mike Richards, Philadelphia, 59,808

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit, 59,372

Marian Hossa, Chicago,, 57,324

Mike Cammalleri Montreal, 56,569

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh, 56,255

*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia, 54,215

Danny Briere, Philadelphia, 52,365

*-Tomas Plekanec, Montreal, 48,749

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit, 47,302

Brian Gionta, Montreal, 40,214

Eric Staal, Carolina, 38,141

Jeff Carter, Philadelphia, 38,116

Johan Franzen, Detroit, 34,281

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington, 32,336

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver, 30,401

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver, 27,528

*-Alexander Semin, Washington, 27,304

*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago, 23,522

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles, 23,419

Joe Thornton, San Jose, 20,445

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, 19,454

*-Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 17,494

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, 17,264

Phil Kessel, Toronto, 16,907

*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina, 16,652

Patrick Marleau, San Jose, 16,078

*-Chad LaRose, Carolina, 15,214

Dany Heatley, San Jose, 15,173

Paul Stastny, Colorado, 15,152

Patrice Bergeron, Boston, 15,020

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim, 13,862

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim, 13,393

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay, 12,852

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis, 12,555

Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles, 12,506

Rick Nash, Columbus, 11,862

Derek Roy, Buffalo, 11,735

Jarome Iginla, Calgary, 11,669

David Krejci, Boston, 10,856

Milan Hejduk, Colorado, 10,631

Corey Perry, Anaheim, 10,343

Thomas Vanek, Buffalo, 10,247

Zach Parise, New Jersey, 10,232

*-Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers, 9,850

*-Chris Stewart, Colorado, 9,762

*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix, 9,591

Brad Richards, Dallas, 9,238

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa, 9,071

Mikko Koivu, Minnesota, 8,054

*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver, 8,020

*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina, 8,013

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey, 7,669

R.J. Umberger, Columbus, 7,470

*-Justin Williams, Los Angeles, 6,770

Jason Spezza, Ottawa, 6,751

John Tavares, New York Islanders, 6,176

*-Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, 6,000

*-Nathan Horton, Boston, 5,818

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay, 5,664

*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh, 5,144

*-David Perron, St. Louis, 4,771

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton, 4,637

Shane Doan, Phoenix, 4,499

*-Milan Lucic, Boston, 4,372

*-Dustin Brown, Los Angeles, 4,076

Brenden Morrow, Dallas, 3,780

David Booth, Florida, 3,463


Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks leads all blueliners with 82,968 votes. Right behind him is Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. The 40-year-old wonder is having an MVP-type season, and if he’s not selected among the captains for the All-Star Game, I will cover the game in my underwear (a threat I previously made on Twitter!). Kris Letang of the Penguins and P.K. Subban of the Canadiens got nice write-in support. Maybe Subban and Mike Richards of the Flyers could play on the same All-Star team.

Duncan Keith, Chicago, 82,968

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit, 80,723

Chris Pronger, Philadelphia, 78,003

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles, 63,999

Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia, 61,951

Mike Green, Washington, 56,104

Brent Seabrook, Chicago, 54,419

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh, 50,153

*-P.K. Subban, Montreal, 41,268

Zdeno Chara, Boston, 41,081

Brian Rafalski, Detroit, 40,901

Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta, 35,469

Marc Staal, Rangers, 28,570

Paul Martin, Pittsburgh, 27,970

Dan Boyle, San Jose, 27,794

Shea Weber, Nashville, 25,516

Andrei Markov, Montreal, 24,140

Joni Pitkanen, Carolina, 23,335

Brian Campbell, Chicago, 21,692

Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa, 21,186

Dion Phaneuf, Toronto, 18,360

*-Tim Gleason, Carolina, 16,034

Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver, 13,757

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto, 13,284

*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado, 10,992

*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles, 10,201

*-Josh Gorges, Montreal, 9,357

Stephane Robidas, Dallas, 8,069

*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh, 7,736

Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta, 7,259

*-John Carlson, Washington, 7,176

Ryan Suter, Nashville, 7,170

Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix, 6,692

*-Daniel Girardi, Rangers, 6,593

*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver, 6,100

Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota, 5,686

Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary, 5,549

*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo, 5,126

*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim, 5,095

*-Joe Corvo, Carolina, 5,016

*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver, 4,602

*-Douglas Murray, San Jose, 4,572

*-Luke Schenn, Toronto, 4,562

*--Cam Fowler, Anaheim, 4,272

*Erik Johnson, St. Louis, 4,244

*-Adam Foote, Colorado, 3,390

*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh, 3,388

*-Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago, 3,135

Bryan McCabe, Florida, 2,874

*-Brent Burns, Minnesota, 2,843

*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston, 2,826

*-Erik Karlsson, Ottawa, 2,598

Mark Streit, Islanders, 2,500