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NHL All-Star Voting

As I write this, Mike Komisarek and Andrei Markov still lead the NHL All Star voting for defensemen. Carey Price is still the leading gaolie. Three Habs still occupy spots 3-5 for forwards, only recently being overtaken by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The game's being held in Montreal to celebrate a centennial, so I get that Habs fans are excited.

Unfortunately, they're also cheaters. Early NHL voting didn't feature a CAPTCHA or any sort of system to prevent automated ballot stuffing, and Habs fans stuffed the ballots. Their guys all had something like 300,000 votes within a few days.

The NHL was made aware of the ballot stuffing and did nothing to correct it. They put an end to it with a CAPTCHA, but the ballots that had already been stuffed remained.

Alex Ovechkin may be a douche, but he deserves to be a starter in the All-Star Game. On defense there's no way the two Habs deserve to start1 In goal, Henrik Lundqvist (or Marc-Andrey Fleury) vs. Carey Price shouldn't even be a battle2.

Stupid NHL.

P.S. How lame is it that baseball gets 10M votes for some of their players (or whatever), and the third-place goalie for one conference has barely cracked 100,000.

Footnotes

  1. And neither should either Penguin as they've been out all year with injury.
  2. MAF has been down with injury for awhile now, and likely wouldn't be allowed to start even if voted in.

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