The first week of NHL All-Star voting is in the books and your friendly neighborhood “face of the NHL” Sidney Crosby is again leading the way with 118,755 votes. Crosby, who has been voted a starter in each of the past three All-Star Games, leads second play Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks by 35,787 votes.
Crosby isn’t the only Penguin that the fans are making their digital voices heard for, as seven other Penguins received votes during the opening week of voting.
Defenseman Kris Letang, whose 19 points rank third among NHL defensemen, has received the eighth-most votes (50,153) among blueliners as a write-in candidate. Letang has earned the third-most write-in votes.
Forward Evgeni Malkin (56,255, 8th), who ranks among the league’s top-25 scorers, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (44,111, 5th) both rank among the top-10 vote-getters at their respective positions.
Also receiving votes during the opening week were forward Max Talbot (5,144) and defensemen Paul Martin (27,970), Brooks Orpik (7,736) and Alex Goligoski (3,388).
For the fourth straight NHL® All-Star Game, the balloting process is entirely digital, offering sports’ most tech-savvy fans the ability to vote as often as they like via mobile devices and online at NHL.com/vote and Facebook (facebook.com/NHL).
Through Jan. 3, NHL fans will be able to select up to six players by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – without regard to the Conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover in Raleigh, N.C.
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I also officially found out that I will be in Raleigh, N.C. covering the 2011 NHL All-Star Game for Versus.com, so that means that we will be able to have a ton of content for you here. More details as I get them…