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Crosby tops vote getters in early All-Star returns

by Dan Rosen
Sidney Crosby is on pace for his best season ever and the fans are noticing.

Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is second with 82,968. Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Jonathan Toews (79,953) round out the top vote getters with more than 3.62 million votes already cast.

Montreal's Carey Price leads in the goalie category with 71,199 write-in votes. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is second behind Price among netminders with 58,101 write-in votes.

Voting continues through Jan. 3. The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will take place Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., and the three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their respective categories will be named the first All-Stars. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will select the remaining 36 players for the game.

Fans have taken the liberty to go off the ballot and cast their own vote. Price and Bobrovsky are proof of that.

Approximately 33 percent of the 150 vote-getters have come from write-ins, including 26 percent of the forwards, 24 percent of the defensemen and 28 percent of the goaltenders.

Philadelphia right wing Claude Giroux leads the write-in campaign for forwards with 54,215 votes. That's 11th in the forwards category. Pittsburgh's Kris Letang leads defensemen in write-in votes with 50,123, which is good for eighth among blue-liners. Other than Price and Bobrovsky, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard has also received support with 31,537 write-in votes.

While Crosby, Ovechkin, Toews, Keith, Lidstrom and Price would as of today be the six players automatically selected to play in the All-Star Game, the races are tight.

Steven Stamkos is pushing the forwards with 78,833 votes, which is only 1,120 behind Toews. Chris Pronger trails Lidstrom by just 2,720 votes. Price, though, is currently leading by a landslide with 13,098 more votes than Bobrovsky. Tim Thomas is third with 47,646 and Jaroslav Halak has 47,483.

2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by XM
(As of 11/22/10)

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
Michael 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 NY Rangers 19,454
*Sean Avery NY 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 NY 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 NY Islanders 6,176
*Ryan Callahan NY 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 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 NY 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
*Dan Girardi NY 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 NY Islanders 2,500
*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 NY 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
* Write-in vote

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