All-Star voting: Evgeni Malkin rewarded

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