Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons leads NHL All-Star Game vote after two weeks

The leading vote-getter among all players for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus isn’t Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos. No, it’s not even Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews or Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin? Sorry. Tyler Seguin? Get real. P.K. Subban? Sorry.

The man leading the vote totals after two weeks is a 20-year old Latvian playing for the Buffalo Sabres.

Zemgus Girgensons currently leads the Sabres in goals with seven and is second in scoring with 13 points. Not exactly stats you’d normally see from a leading vote-getter for an All-Star Game, but he has a secret weapon supporting him: Latvian fans.

From the Buffalo News:

“I’ve heard about the votes. I’ve seen it. There’s not a lot I have to do with it. It’s not me voting,” a sheepish Girgensons said Saturday just before leaving the Bell Centre after the Sabres’ optional skate. “It’s the fans back home. We got some crazy hockey fans back home.”

The Latvians are hockey’s greatest fans; just watch any footage of them at an international competition. They sing. They chant. They dress up. They’re the best. So it’s no wonder they’ve gotten behind one of their own to make him a starter in the All-Star Game.

"Zemgus Girgensons" is Latvian for "Rory Fitzpatrick," after all.

Here are the rest of the Week 2 voting totals, which were released by the NHL on Tuesday:

Carey Price, Montreal 204,923 
Corey Crawford, Chicago 174,466 
Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers 109,662 
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh  81,704 
Pekka Rinne, Nashville  81,031 
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles  73,744 
Tuukka Rask, Boston  59,352 
Jonas Hiller, Calgary  58,788 
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus  58,183 
Jimmy Howard, Detroit  45,357 

P.K. Subban, Montreal     240,362 
Duncan Keith, Chicago     208,086 
Brent Seabrook, Chicago     154,865 
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh     134,148 
Andrei Markov, Montreal     119,094 
Shea Weber, Nashville     113,613 
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa     104,595 
Mark Giordano, Calgary     103,011 
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles       98,044 
Zdeno Chara, Boston       79,928 
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit       73,308 
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh       58,344 
TJ Brodie, Calgary       57,867 
Roman Josi, Nashville       55,168 
Ryan McDonagh, NY Rangers       46,754 
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis       46,037 
Johnny Boychuk, NY Islanders       45,289 
Jack Johnson, Columbus       41,928 
Ryan Suter, Minnesota       41,278 
Mark Streit, Philadelphia       40,976 
Tyler Myers, Buffalo       39,935 
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis       37,575 
Brent Burns, San Jose       36,014 
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago       34,669 
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay       30,535 
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto       27,258 
Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo       23,123 
Alexander Edler, Vancouver       19,663 
Cam Fowler, Anaheim       19,516 
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona    17,941

Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo     399,356 
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh     218,672 
Patrick Kane, Chicago     216,261 
Jonathan Toews, Chicago     212,994 
Max Pacioretty, Montreal     129,324 
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh     126,430 
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay     106,042 
Patrick Sharp, Chicago     102,890 
Tyler Seguin, Dallas            99,982 
Tomas Plekanec, Montreal      89,729 
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit      82,545 
Rick Nash, NY Rangers      64,505 
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis      59,912 
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia      59,145 
John Tavares, NY Islanders      56,126 
Martin St Louis, NY Rangers      54,921 
Alex Ovechkin, Washington      54,319 
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal      54,248 
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit      54,042 
Marian Hossa, Chicago      52,620 
Jamie Benn, Dallas      52,253 
Phil Kessel, Toronto        49,708 
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia      47,601 
Gustav Nyquist, Detroit      45,092 
Patrice Bergeron, Boston                  44,359 
James Neal, Nashville      43,802 
Jaromir Jagr, NJ Devils      42,149 
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles      40,385 
Filip Forsberg, Nashville      39,234 
Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh      38,656 
Zach Parise, Minnesota      35,738 
Corey Perry, Anaheim      33,179 
Ryan Johansen, Columbus      31,614 
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim      30,466 
Tyler Ennis, Buffalo      30,140 
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado      30,026 
TJ Oshie, St. Louis      29,611 
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto        29,218 
John Gaudreau, Calgary      29,129 
Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia      29,083

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