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Chicago’s rekindled love affair with the Blackhawks, already manifested by soaring United Center attendance and insatiable interest in NHL Winter Classic 2009, now is being reflected in the fan balloting for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.
As of 7 a.m. ET Wednesday, Blackhawks’ winger Patrick Kane had taken over the top spot among Western Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal Jan. 25. In the last week, Kane vaulted four players to take a 26,828-vote lead over the previous pace-setter, Detroit’s Marian Hossa. Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf also slipped past Calgary’s Jarome Iginla for the third starting nod.
But with 16 days remaining in the voting that will end Jan. 2, Iginla remains very much in the running – as do Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk
and Henrik Zetterberg
and Kane’s Chicago teammate, Jonathan Toews.
As of Wednesday morning, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo still was the masked man to beat among Western Conference goaltenders. But he had a new chief rival as Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere had moved past San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov and Detroit’s Chris Osgood and into second place in the balloting.
The vote totals, as of 7 a.m. ET, in the fan balloting for the Western Conference starters are detailed below.
Through Jan. 2, NHL fans can vote as often as they like in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com. Those in the U.S. and Canada also are able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. Real-time results are available exclusively at http://Vote.NHL.com/results.
Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. Fans are permitted to select as few as one player -- a balloted player or write-in -- per online ballot at Vote.NHL.com or via text message.
To vote using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Fans interested in voting for all of their favorite team’s balloted players can text the team nickname (e.g., RedWings) to 81812. Standard text messaging charges will apply.
XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by 2K Sports
Western Conference ForwardsPlayer Team Votes
(as of 12/17/08, 7 a.m. ET)
Patrick Kane Chicago 341,242Marian Hossa Detroit 314,414
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 309,127
Jarome Iginla Calgary 306,053Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 299,121
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 291,519
Jonathan Toews Chicago 276,611
Joe Thornton San Jose 181,383
Mikko Koivu Minnesota 144,102
Patrick Marleau San Jose 128,938
Rick Nash Columbus 94,775
Joe Sakic Colorado 88,892
Mike Ribeiro Dallas 84,970
Shane Doan Phoenix 71,437
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 62,456
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 62,223
Brad Boyes St. Louis 61,893
Olli Jokinen Phoenix 56,033
Paul Stastny Colorado 54,651
Mike Modano Dallas 49,419
Jason Arnott Nashville 48,271
Dustin Brown Los Angeles 45,908
*Devin Setoguchi San Jose 39,048
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 39,028
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 37,930
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 37,816
Paul Kariya St. Louis 36,106
Milan Hejduk Colorado 34,437
Brenden Morrow Dallas 31,950
Shawn Horcoff Edmonton 25,565
Brad Richards Dallas 22,497
*Patrick Sharp Chicago 20,196
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 20,146 Defensemen
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 437,108
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 369,171
Brian Campbell Chicago 284,663
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 251,859
Chris Pronger Anaheim 245,404
Dan Boyle San Jose 199,280Brian Rafalski Detroit 190,333
Rob Blake San Jose 154,205
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 142,109
Shea Weber Nashville 107,069
Brent Burns Minnesota 77,018
Robyn Regehr Calgary 39,146 Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 369,386
J.S. Giguere Anaheim 227,568
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 184,017Chris Osgood Detroit 159,362
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 108,416
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 55,062
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix 54,572
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 39,538
Marty Turco Dallas 38,500
Note: Write-in candidates are denoted by an asterisk (*).