The fan vote for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game starters has finished and today the league announced the starting line-ups, which were dominated for four teams — Pittsburgh, Montreal, Chicago and Anaheim.
That’s right, not only didn’t the league’s top team — the Boston Bruins — get a nod, but neither did the second-place San Jose Sharks nor the rest of the top seven teams leading the NHL’s overall standings heading into today.
The Eastern Conference starters up front will be Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with Montreal’s Alexei Kovalev. The Habs defense pair of Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek will protect the blue line in front of teammate Carey Price in goal.
Chicago stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will join Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf up front for the West, with Blackhawks blueliner Brian Campbell, Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Anaheim netminder J.S. Giguere rounding out the starting line-up.
In case you’re wondering, Bruins centers Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron finished seventh and eighth among forwards, while Zdeno Chara was fifth among blueliners. The write-in campaign for goaltender Tim Thomas came up way short, as the puck-stopper finished sixth.
MK: Every year the fan vote boggles the mind at one position or another, but this year’s vote is a travesty. Not only won’t some of the NHL’s best teams be represented in the starting line-ups, but the starting nods for undeserving players will make it almost impossible to reward all the best players from those top teams with reserve spots. Obviously, host Montreal almost got what it wanted (and entire Habs starting line-up) but the rest of the league loses.