On the campaign trail: Day 16

Thursday, 27.11.2008 / 4:00 PM / News
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On the campaign trail: Day 16
MONTREAL – Though it’s been a bumpy road of late, the Canadiens continue to lead the polls in record numbers.

Should the trend stay its course, the Habs would become the first team in history of the All-Star fan balloting to successfully elect all of its delegates to the starting lineup.  The previous single-team high was five; the Edmonton Oilers sent a quintet to open the 1986 All-Star Game in Hartford.

As of midday on Day 16, all six candidates have put the 340,000 mark in the rearview mirror.  Andrei Markov, who continues to top the pack not just in his riding but the league overall, appears determined to have a record campaign, as he approaches 400,000 votes.  While competitors are having a tough time closing the gap, Pittsburgh delegate Sidney Crosby has seen a bump in his numbers over the last seven days, surpassing 260,000 ballots cast in his favor. 

In Detroit on Wednesday night to for a debate with four of the six leaders from the Western Conference, the Canadiens, with plenty of supporters in the crowd, made a strong case for themselves, taking down the defending champs on their own turf.  They’ll now take their act to the U.S. capital to face fellow delegate Alex Ovechkin.

The next few weeks will be key for the Montreal contingent.  With the polls scheduled to close on Jan. 2, the Canadiens return home following Friday’s contest, where they’ll hold 10 of their next 11 debates.


Rank Team Forwards Votes Progress *
1 Alex Kovalev 350,658
2 Saku Koivu 347,674
3 Alex Tanguay 343,696
4   Sidney Crosby 264,518
5   Evgeni Malkin 217,358
Rank Team Defensemen Votes Progress *
1 Andrei Markov 391,563  
2 Mike Komisarek 352,077  
3 Zdeno Chara 168,908  
4 Sergei Gonchar 149,314  
Rank Team Goaltender Votes Progress *
1 Carey Price 381,412  
2 Marc-André Fleury 165,538

* Results as of Nov. 27 at 2:20 PM.