A late surge in voting by Ottawa fans pushed Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel out of an automatic spot at the NHL all-star game.

But Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf made the cut, finishing second in fan voting among defencemen. Phaneuf has had a solid season. He's sixth in scoring among league defencemen with 6 goals and 20 assists.

Kessel had led overall voting for weeks but fans from the host city made a big push on the final day and four of the top six spots were taken by Senators. Results were announced Thursday morning.

Kessel said he wasn't disappointed by the outcome.

"You know I really don't care," Kessel said Thursday after the morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. "Fans voted for me and that's a good thing. So I thank them."