On the campaign trail: Day 27

Tuesday, 09.12.2008 / 9:00 AM / News
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On the campaign trail: Day 27
MONTREAL – While Quebecers headed to the polls for the second time in as many months, hockey fans still have until January 2 to have their voices heard.

The Canadiens gave Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt a run for his money when the parties hit the campaign trail in mid-November, jumping out to seemingly insurmountable leads.  Recently, though, the campaign has suffered a slowdown on the 51-day trail.  Penguins delegate Sidney Crosby has moved ahead of the Habs’ three forward candidates up front.  That pushed Alex Tanguay, the newest member of the Montreal delegation, to the outside.  Fellow Pittsburgh rep Evgeni Malkin has also seen a surge in votes, moving ahead of Tanguay and tightening the gap on Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev.

Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek are still leading the way in the blue line riding, as is Carey Price in the All-Star crease.  In both cases, though, a cell phone push by the Pittsburgh party has also begun putting some heat on Guy Carbonneau’s candidates.

Remember, there are two ways to have your voices heard and you can do both as often as you want: vote online or simply text “Canadiens” to 81812, guaranteeing a vote for all six delegates.  

Rank Team Forwards Votes Progress *
1   Sidney Crosby 599,857
2 Alex Kovalev 533,053
3 Saku Koivu 532,481
4   Evgeni Malkin 529,347
5 Alex Tanguay 524,574
Rank Team Defensemen Votes Progress *
1 Andrei Markov 590,141  
2 Mike Komisarek 536,185  
3 Sergei Gonchar 404,902  
4 Ryan Whitney 375,766  
Rank Team Goaltender Votes Progress *
1 Carey Price 576,537  
2 Marc-André Fleury 442,459

* Results as of Dec. 9 at 8:56 AM.