The first round of All Star voting results were released today and the home town Ottawa Senators dominated the balloting. Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson were three of the top four in voting with Milan Michalek also coming fourth amongst forwards. The only player to sneak between the Senators was Toronto forward Phil Kessel who is leading the league in goals (16) and points (29).
Amongst the New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist was the leading vote getting with 65,441 votes, which placed him fifth in goaltending. Marian Gaborik was the only Rangers' forward to crack the list in 21st for forwards with 47,980 votes. Finally Dan Girardi placed 18th amongst the defense voting with an impressive
37,836 write-in votes. The vote total for Girardi was the second highest amongst all write-in candidates.
Girardi's write-in total was the second highest of any write-in candidate thus far. A large sum of the credit for that feat goes to Kevin DeLury of TheNYRBlog for his relentless campaigning to get Girardi the recognition he deserves with an All-Star appearance.