|Sidney Crosby leads the Eastern Conference with 326,131 votes. He has 110,029 more than the next highest vote getter.|
Sidney Crosby, though, has no competition in the hockey world. He’s running on his own ticket these days.
At last count of the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Crosby leads the Eastern Conference with 326,131 votes, or 110,029 more than the next highest vote getter, Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson is next in line among the Eastern Conference forwards with 143,819 votes.
Crosby, on his way to his second of what will likely be many consecutive All-Star Games, has undoubtedly earned his votes by putting together yet another remarkable season. He has 42 points, including 14 goals and 28 assists, and plus-3 rating.
The race for the final two forward spots in the East is much tighter as Alfredsson and Tampa Bay star Vincent Lecavalier head into the final month with Philadelphia’s Danny Briere, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk out campaigning hard.
Alfredsson and Lecavalier, who as of the latest tally led the NHL with 46 points, are separated by only 1,145 votes. Briere, with his 12 goals and 18 assists, trails Lecavalier by more than 20,000. Kovalchuk and Ovechkin fifth and sixth in the balloting.
The big push could come from Kovalchuk, who is doing his part to impress the hometown fans by mounting one of the strongest campaigns in the League. Heading into Wednesday night, Kovalchuk’s 23 goals led the NHL.