Thomas/By S. Bradley

If this keeps up, Tim Thomas isn’t going to be able to play he “underrated and underappreciated” card much longer.

He’s now popular world-wide.

The NHL today announced the first round of All-Star Game balloting results, and the Bruins goaltender is leading at his position by a decent margin over Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Thomas has 95,681 to Fleury’s 88,100.

Thomas’ teammate Zdeno Chara is second among defensemen with 110,098 votes. The only Bruins forward in the top 30 is Tyler Seguin, who has accumulated 41,443 write-in votes. But he’s more than 60,000 out of the top three.

Thomas is a three-time All-Star, but he has never been voted to the starting lineup. He actually has earned the win in each of his appearances in the midseason classic.