BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons is skating away with the NHL all-star game fan vote.
As of Tuesday, the second-year player led NHLers with 803,805 votes — a little more than double what he had a week ago. And Girgensons' total is more than the combined number of votes cast for the next two forwards: Chicago's Patrick Kane (375,758) and Jonathan Toews (367,692).
Girgensons credits his popularity to his Latvian fans back home. He leads Buffalo with eight goals but has only 14 points, well off the 35 points held by three league leaders.
The only limit on voting is fans can use the same device no more than 10 times per day.
Other top vote-getters include defensemen Duncan Keith of Chicago and Montreal's P.K. Subban, plus Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.
Voting ends Jan. 1.
The all-star game will be played at Columbus on Jan. 25.