All-Star voting: Final stretch

Ah those popular Pittsburgh Penguins continue to collect points in the standings and votes in the All-Star voting universe with just one week left in the fan balloting portion of the 2011 All-Star selections.

Led by captain Sidney Crosby (how often have those words been said or written in the past six years?), the Penguins make up the top three vote-getters with a month to go before All-Star weekend.

Crosby, the NHL's runaway points leader with 61, leads all vote-getters with 523,822 ballots while defenseman Kris Letang continues to lead all defensemen not to mention all write-in candidates and netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has leap-frogged Carey Price of Montreal to take the lead in the goaltending category.

More than 12.2 million votes have been cast. Fan voting ends January 3.

Here's a breakdown by position (* -- denotes write-in candidate; the NHL's results below reflect voting through Dec. 27):


Crosby stretched his lead over second-place vote-getter Jonathan Toews to a whopping 215,630 votes. Wow! The gap is bigger than the number of votes cast for all but a handful of forwards across the NHL.

Toews had better keep an eye in his rearview mirror as he has a lead of less than 19,000 votes over Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin, who has eclipsed Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos in voting among forwards.

Our favorite voting note among forwards? Carolina’s super utility guy Chad LaRose has 117,920 votes as a write-in candidate, third among write-in forwards. LaRose has more votes than all of his Carolina teammates including Eric Staal and Cam Ward.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia tough guy Jody Shelley has somehow amassed 45, 571 votes.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 523,822

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks 308,192

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins 289,878

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning 269,917

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks 231,589

Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens 228,021

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 219,566

Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, 207,340

*-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, 206,323

*-Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, 196,398

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, 191,737

Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, 184,866

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, 180,532

Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, 173,356

Sean Avery, New York Rangers, 161,182

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, 150,576

*-Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes, 117,920

Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, 114,254

Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings, 112,388

Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers, 105,631

*-Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, 99,501

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 92,039

Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, 78,003

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 72,639

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, 71,970

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, 61,041

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, 55,967

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, 53,698

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, 48,115

*-Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 47,473

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 46,007

*-Jody Shelley, Philadelphia Flyers, 45,571

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, 42,485

*-Maxime Talbot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 42,476

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, 39,404

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, 38,715

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, 38,007

Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, 37,360

Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks, 37,065

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, 36,908

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 35,116

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, 34,801

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks 34,069

Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, 32,098

*-Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, 31,549

*-Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers, 31,057

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, 30,224

Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings, 27,055

*-David Krejci, Boston Bruins, 26,765

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, 24,894

Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, 23,594

Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, 22,524

*-Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks, 22,513

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 22,153

Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 22,123

*-Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, 20,791

*-Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes, 20,610

R.J. Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets, 20,561

*-Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, 19,355

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, 18,671

Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, 18,360

*-Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes, 18,267

Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, 15,811

*-Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 15,135

*-Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche, 14,492

Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, 14,359

Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, 13,913

John Tavares, New York Islanders, 13,179

*-Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins, 12,582

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, 12,214

*-Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, 11,725

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, 11,618

*-Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins, 10,855

*-Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars, 9,526

*-Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, 9,107

*-Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers, 8,254

*-David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 8,170

*-Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens, 7,916

*-Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, 7,583

*-Kris Versteeg, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7,470


Letang leads all defensemen with 391,525 votes with his lead over defending Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith at almost 88,000 votes. Not bad for a guy that wasn’t even on the NHL's original list of players.

Keith looks like he’ll hang onto the second defensive spot in the All-Star festivities as he leads another one-time Norris winner, Chris Pronger, by more than 37,000 votes heading into the final week of fan balloting.

P.K. Subban is the second-leading write-in candidate among defensemen as the Montreal rookie has collected 185,469 votes. We're guessing none came from Philadelphia captain Mike Richards.

*-Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, 391,525

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, 303,638

Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, 266,479

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, 260,171

Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, 215,243

Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks, 197,246

*-P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, 185,469

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 149,920

Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers, 149,126

Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins, 146,398

Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, 135,837

Mike Green, Washington Capitals, 132,607

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, 100,488

Marc Staal, New York Rangers, 86,600

Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 71,352

Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, 70,334

Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, 66,472

Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 58,951

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 57,056

*-Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins, 50,616

Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs, 50,224

Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators, 49,766

*-Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, 43,768

*-Josh Gorges, Montreal Canadiens, 41,832

*-John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche, 38,751

Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks, 37,117

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, 36,288

Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 29,633

*-John Carlson, Washington Capitals, 25,430

*-Daniel Girardi, New York Rangers, 24,257

Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers, 23,320

*-Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs, 21,110

*-Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 18,323

Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 16,564

Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, 15,525

Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, 14,498

*-Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks, 14,455

*-Douglas Murray, San Jose Sharks, 13,224

*-Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, 12,911

*-Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, 12,846

*-Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche, 11,616

*-Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks, 11,267

Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild, 11,129

*-Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes, 10,442

*-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh Penguins, 10,027

*-Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, 9,695

*-Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins, 8,490

*-Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 8,380

*-Roman Hamrlik, Montreal Canadiens, 8,255

*-Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, 7,935

*-Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks, 7,563

Mark Streit, New York Islanders, 6,919

*-Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues, 6,673

*-Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers, 6,397

Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers, 5,847

*-Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche, 5,635

*-Ryan Whitney, Edmonton Oilers, 5,453

*-Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild, 5,341

*-Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, 4,967


This is the tightest race going as Fleury received just over 52,000 votes last week to jump into the top spot in the goaltending race. With a week to go, Fleury has 311,623 votes with Price just behind at 309,598. This one could go down to the wire.

Philadelphia rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, another write-in candidate, is third with 237,575 votes. Tim Thomas, the odds-on favorite to regain the Vezina Trophy at this point in the season is fourth.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 311,623

*-Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 309,598

*-Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers, 237,575

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 139,182

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, 117,151

*-Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings, 116,503

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, 94,206

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 76,594

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 67,450

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks, 67,375

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 64,906

Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, 48,801

Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche, 33,466

*-Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals, 33,254

*-Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks, 31,512

*-Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, 30,800

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, 25,647

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 24,096

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 20,642

Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, 19,274

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, 16,279

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 15,607

*-Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks, 14,033

*-Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, 11,942

*-Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals, 10,461

*-Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars, 9,846

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers, 8,861

*-Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, 8,725

*-Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers, 7,985

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers, 7,013