From the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons is the top vote-getter after two weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM with 399,356 total votes. Last week’s leader, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, occupies the second spot in the overall leaderboard, with 240,362 votes, while Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane (216,261), Jonathan Toews (212,994), Duncan Keith (208,086), Corey Crawford (174,466) and Brent Seabrook (154,865) continue to rule the top 10. Nearly 8.5 million votes from more than 170 countries have been cast to date.
The top vote-getters by position are forwards Girgenson, Sidney Crosby (218,672) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Kane; defensemen Subban and Keith; and goaltender Carey Price (204,923) of the Canadiens.
Voting opened on Nov. 20 and, according to the league, nearly 8.5 million votes have been cast already. (You can vote here, by the way.) If you’re wondering how Girgensons is already hovering around the 400K mark — and nearly 160K up on the second-place Subban — well, the Buffalo News has you covered:
What’s behind this clear voting anomaly? Has to be foreign ballot stuffing from his native Latvia.
“I’ve seen the votes. I’ve seen it. There’s not a lot I have to do with it. It’s not me voting,” Girgensons said today 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.”
Girgensons, 20, is actually having a good year — seven goals, 13 points in 24 games with a plus-5 rating on a bad Buffalo team. He’s also the NHL’s lone Latvian player, so chances are this voting landslide isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.