NEW YORK – The Montreal Canadiens are dominating NHL all-star voting.
As of Tuesday, Habs players led the balloting for all six starting spots on the Eastern Conference team, with defenceman Andrei Markov topping all vote-getters at 362,100.
Should the numbers hold through the Jan. 2 end of balloting, the Canadiens would become the first team to have the entire starting lineup elected to an all-star game.
The one-club high for fan-voted starters is five – Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr at the 1986 all-star game in Hartford.
Fans can vote as often as they like online and Habs supporters are clearly pushing their players with the Jan. 25 contest in Montreal.
Mike Komisarek (325,076) is second among blue-liners to Markov, both well ahead of Boston’s Zdeno Chara (147,287), while Alex Kovalev (324,898), Saku Koivu (322,008) and Alex Tanguay (318,482) are the top three forwards.
The trio comfortably leads superstars Sidney Crosby (237,213) and Evgeni Malkin (193,749), both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (147,895).
Goaltender Carey Price (352,602), meanwhile, has more than twice as many votes as Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, who is second at 147,173.