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ASG voting: Fans of Canadian teams showing support

by Adam Kimelman /
After three weeks of the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, the one trend emerging quite clearly is fans of the Canadian teams are very supportive of their own players.

Five of the top six forwards, the top two defensemen and the No. 1 goaltender in fan voting through Dec. 5 all play for Canadian teams.

Fans can send the first six players (three forwards, two defensemen, one goalie) to the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, the League's leader in goals and points, remains the League leader in voting with 384,029 votes. He picked up more than 125,000 votes in the past week.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who's had an electrifying return from a 10-month absence due to a concussion, picked up more than 114,000 votes to vault ahead of Ottawa teammates Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza and move from fourth last week among forwards to second. Crosby is the only player from a non-Canadian team to rank among the top-six vote-getters at forward.

Alfredsson currently sits third in the voting with 320,100 votes, putting him just more than 32,000 votes ahead of Spezza. Toronto's Joffrey Lupul, Ottawa's Milan Michalek, Philadelphia's Claude Giroux and Chicago's Jonathan Toews round out the top 10.

Boston Bruins second-year sensation Tyler Seguin, who leads the team with 13 goals, 25 points and a League-best plus-19 rating, is the leader among write-in candidates, with 86,542 votes, 22nd among all forwards

The Senators' Erik Karlsson leads all League defensemen in scoring with 23 points, and leads all blueliners in All-Star votes with 351,957 -- an increase of more than 95,000 votes from last week. His total is second among all players, trailing only Kessel.

Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf is second with 324,031, with Pittsburgh's Kris Letang is third, nearly 47,000 votes behind. Boston's Zdeno Chara and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom complete the top five.

The New York Rangers' Dan Girardi leads among write-in candidates for defensemen, with 59,288, which ranks him 21st overall among blueliners.

Toronto goaltender James Reimer, who just returned from an 18-game absence due to concussion-like symptoms, picked up more than 87,000 votes in the past week to jump from third to first among goaltenders. Reimer's 248,412 votes place him just more than 5,000 votes ahead of Boston's Tim Thomas, last week's leader, who has 243,311.

Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, second last week, sits third, followed by Montreal's Carey Price and Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

Chicago's Corey Crawford, with 65,800 votes, is the leading write-in candidate among goaltenders, and second among all write-ins. He's 12th among all goalies.

Approximately 12,674,230 votes have been cast to date, a 52-percent increase from the same voting period last year.

Fans can vote at Fans will determine the first 6 players chosen to participate in the 2012 Tim Horton's NHL All-Star Game (3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen, 1 Goalie). The virtual poll booth closes on Jan. 4.

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