Zemgus Girgensons’ lead shrinks in NHL All-Star game voting

Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons celebrates after a goal against the New York Islanders in Buffalo on Dec. 27.
(Harry Scull Jr. / Associated Press)

The groundswell to put Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons in the NHL All-Star game appears to be unstoppable.

Girgensons, with heavy support from voters in his native Latvia, continues to lead the fan voting in results released Tuesday by the NHL. He had 1,466,077 votes after six weeks of balloting. Approximately 80% of his votes are coming from Latvians.

“It’s a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time,” Girgensons told the Associated Press last week. “It came out of nowhere. I know people know me back home, but I didn’t think it was going to go that far. That’s like crazy far.”

Several members of the Chicago Blackhawks are closing in on him as the end of voting -- at 8:59 p.m. PST on Thursday -- nears. The closest is forward Patrick Kane, with 1,075,304 votes, with Jonathan Toews (1,061,691) not far behind.

Here’s a link to the vote totals and other All-Star game information. The game is set for Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio.