Puck Headlines: Carey Price leads all-star vote; Spectrum demolition

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• The first batch of All-Star Game voting totals are out. Your leaders are Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins (118,755), Alex Ovechkin(notes) of the Washington Capitals (80,169) and Jonathan Toews(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks (79,953) at forward; Duncan Keith(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks (82,968) and Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings (80,723) on defense, with Chris Pronger(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers right there at 78,003 votes; and the big news: write-in candidates Carey Price(notes) of the Montreal Canadiens (71,199) is leading the goalies while Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) of Philadelphia (58,101) is second. Among the candidates on the ballot, Tim Thomas(notes) of the Boston Bruins was third (47,646). Paul "BizNasty" Bissonnette? He's at 9,59 votes, good for No. 51 among forwards. Vote for Rory, this is not. [NHL.com]

Ryan Miller(notes) is out for the Buffalo Sabres against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, mostly for injury precaution. [Sabres Edge]

• We updated the Tim Connolly(notes) post from earlier today, but in case you missed it here's Lindy Ruff and Derek Roy(notes) addressing the rumor started by Matthew Barnaby of EPSN that Roy slugged Connolly. [Sabres Edge]

• Great news: New York Islanders defenseman Mike Mottau(notes) as been cleared to fly home after his eye injury. [Islanders]

• Stu Hackel on Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals: "What made the hockey world fall in love with Ovie was his all-energy, all-the -time performances, regardless of who he's playing against. Even his detractors would admit that he's hockey's most exciting player when he's on his game. But when his team is flat, Ovechkin is the guy that coach Bruce Boudreau relies upon to re-inflate the Caps. Hasn't been happening lately." [SI]

• The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins pass like two ships in the night. [Bruins Blog]

• Mirtle with a good post on how shot-blocking is on the rise in the NHL and who it affects scoring averages. [Globe & Mail]

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi(notes) will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night: "It's been in the back of my head." [Chicago Tribune]

• Great moments in Pat LOLime. [Die By The Blade]

• Three and a half minutes of Alex Ovechkin dancing is three and a half minutes well-spent. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

• Inside Jeremy Roenick's(notes) fabulous new investment opportunity. [Barry Melrose Rocks]

• Spaced on this link yesterday, but check out a great post featuring Gary Bettman and Bill Daly speaking at the Ivy Sports Symposium. [Avslova Factor]

• Down Goes Brown uncovers the secret code for fighting in the NHL. [DGB]

• Looking at how Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has taken to Twitter. [Vancouver Sun]

• The Vancouver Canucks place Peter Schaefer(notes) on waivers, prompting the obvious question about why the team didn't just keep Brendan Morrison(notes). [Nucks Misconduct]

• Great look at the Phoenix Coyotes success by Pierre LeBrun, in which we learn there are no egos. [ESPN]

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• R.I.P. The Spectrum. Crossing Broad has a great rundown of a memorable day in Philadelphia sports. [Crossing Broad]

• Patrick Hoffman on Marty Biron's efforts for the New York Rangers: "Again, there is not a goaltending controversy here. Believe it or not, this is probably all designed to get Lundqvist going again while also showing that the team has two solid goaltenders, something that is going to be needed to get to the Stanley Cup playoffs come April." [GLR]

• The Minnesota Wild, facing some injuries up front, snag Patrick O'Sullivan(notes) on waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]

• Five ways the Florida Panthers can boost ticket sales. [Houses Of the Hockey]

Pascal Leclaire(notes) not being injured may not seem like news, but this is Pascal Leclaire we're talking about here. [Sun Media]

• Finally, if you've not see it, a quality light heavyweight bout between Chris Neil(notes) of the Ottawa Senators and Kevin Westgarth(notes) of the Los Angeles Kings. Currently rated a 7.5 on HockeyFights.com.

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