Habs Fans Stuffing the Ballot Box
While fans in Montreal are excited to have the 2009 All-Star Game in their city, some enterprising fans are trying to make sure they get more than their fair share players wearing bleu-blanc-et-rouge in the lineup.
There's a significant trend among the top vote-getters in the Eastern Conference - they're all Canadiens. And it's not that the Montreal players are slightly ahead of the competition, they're miles ahead.
For example, Alex Tanguay isn't a bad player, but he's never scored 30 goals in one season during his stints with the Avalanche, Flames and (apparently most importantly) the Canadiens.
Yet Tanguay has 115,828 votes so far for third in the Eastern forwards - which is almost double the total of what Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have combined. Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev are just in front of their teammate, well ahead of any NHL player who doesn't ply his trade in La Belle Province.
Mike Komisarek, who has never cracked the 20-point mark or finished a campaign better than a +10, and has just one point and is a +3 this year, has 118,202 votes - more than double what Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom has.
So, what's the reason for the surge in voting for the Habs? Pride? Excitement?
Well, not quite...
The enterprising bunch at the always entertaining PensBlog unearthed this, posted on the Canadiens' message board, promising to allow users the ability to vote over and over. Even when you're not at your computer.
So, with that, computer-savvy hockey fans in such silicon-happy areas as San Jose, Washington and Boston have been challenged, as Montreal certainly seems to have the edge on hi-tech stuffing at the ballot box.
If you want to try to vote the old fashioned way 115,000 times over, go ahead and knock yourself out.