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Zemgus Girgensons leading All-Star Game voting
By Ryan Womeldorf
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Zemgus Girgensons leading All-Star Game voting
Girgensons, one of the few bright spots for the Sabres this year, leads the All-Star Game in voting.
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Buffalo - December 3, 2014 - We might have ourselves a new “Vote for Rory” campaign.

A few years back, Rory Fitzpatrick became the name everyone got behind when it came time to vote for the NHL All-Star Game.

In case you forgot, Fitzpatrick was a journeyman defenseman who inexplicably got the internet behind him heading into the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. “Vote for Rory” took off, spawning t-shirts, campaigns on YouTube and creating stories from just about every outlet. He racked up nearly 300,000 votes and surged into second place in the voting. He ultimately wound up falling behind starters Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer and didn’t play in the game.

This comes into play because since the release of this year’s All-Star ballots, the leading vote-getter isn’t who you’d think. It’s not Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos. It’s not Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin. Nope, it’s Buffalo Sabres Latvian center Zemgus Girgensons.

From the Buffalo News:

“I’ve heard about the votes. I’ve seen it. There’s not a lot I have to do with it. It’s not me voting,” a sheepish Girgensons said Saturday just before leaving the Bell Centre after the Sabres’ optional skate. “It’s the fans back home. We got some crazy hockey fans back home.”

Latvians are passionate about their hockey. They sing, chant and dress up at international competitions, so it’s little wonder they’re backing one of their own to make him a starter at the All-Star Game.

Here are the two week totals, released by the NHL yesterday:

Goaltenders Carey Price Montreal 204,923
Corey Crawford Chicago 174,466
Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 109,662
Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh 81,704
Pekka Rinne Nashville 81,031
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles 73,744
Tuukka Rask Boston 59,352
Jonas Hiller Calgary 58,788
Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus 58,183
Jimmy Howard Detroit 45,357

Defensemen

P.K. Subban Montreal 240,362
Duncan Keith Chicago 208,086
Brent Seabrook Chicago 154,865
Kris Letang Pittsburgh 134,148
Andrei Markov Montreal 119,094
Shea Weber Nashville 113,613
Erik Karlsson Ottawa 104,595
Mark Giordano Calgary 103,011
Drew Doughty Los Angeles 98,044
Zdeno Chara Boston 79,928
Niklas Kronwall Detroit 73,308
Olli Maatta Pittsburgh 58,344
TJ Brodie Calgary 57,867
Roman Josi Nashville 55,168
Ryan McDonagh NY Rangers 46,754
Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis 46,037
Johnny Boychuk NY Islanders 45,289
Jack Johnson Columbus 41,928
Ryan Suter Minnesota 41,278
Mark Streit Philadelphia 40,976
Tyler Myers Buffalo 39,935
Kevin Shattenkirk St. Louis 37,575
Brent Burns San Jose 36,014
Niklas Hjalmarsson Chicago 34,669
Victor Hedman Tampa Bay 30,535
Dion Phaneuf Toronto 27,258
Rasmus Ristolainen Buffalo 23,123
Alexander Edler Vancouver 19,663
Cam Fowler Anaheim 19,516
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Arizona 17,941

Forwards

Zemgus Girgensons Buffalo 399,356
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 218,672
Patrick Kane Chicago 216,261
Jonathan Toews Chicago 212,994
Max Pacioretty Montreal 129,324
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 126,430
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 106,042
Patrick Sharp Chicago 102,890
Tyler Seguin Dallas 99,982
Tomas Plekanec Montreal 89,729
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 82,545
Rick Nash NY Rangers 64,505
Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 59,912
Jakub Voracek Philadelphia 59,145
John Tavares NY Islanders 56,126
Martin St Louis NY Rangers 54,921
Alex Ovechkin Washington 54,319
Alex Galchenyuk Montreal 54,248
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 54,042
Marian Hossa Chicago 52,620
Jamie Benn Dallas 52,253
Phil Kessel Toronto 49,708
Claude Giroux Philadelphia 47,601
Gustav Nyquist Detroit 45,092
Patrice Bergeron Boston 44,359
James Neal Nashville 43,802
Jaromir Jagr NJ Devils 42,149
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 40,385
Filip Forsberg Nashville 39,234
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh 38,656
Zach Parise Minnesota 35,738
Corey Perry Anaheim 33,179
Ryan Johansen Columbus 31,614
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 30,466
Tyler Ennis Buffalo 30,140
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado 30,026
TJ Oshie St. Louis 29,611
James van Riemsdyk Toronto 29,218
John Gaudreau Calgary 29,129
Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia 29,083

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