New York, NY (Sports Network) - Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets,
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose
Sharks have been named the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top
In his first season in Columbus, the 24-year-old Bobrovsky nearly backstopped
the team to its second-ever playoff berth. The Russian, acquired in a trade
with Philadelphia last June, compiled a 21-11-6 record with four shutouts, and
ranked second in the NHL this season in save percentage (.932) and sixth in
goals-against average (2.00).
Bobrovsky posted a 1.64 GAA and a .945 save percentage while winning eight of
his last nine decisions from April 9-27, but the Blue Jackets still missed the
postseason on a tiebreaker.
Lundqvist, last year's Vezina winner, is a finalist for a fifth time after he
tied for the NHL lead with 24 wins. The 31-year-old Swede posted a 2.05 GAA
and a .926 save percentage.
Niemi, 29, was the busiest goaltender in the league, seeing more ice time than
any of his peers (2,580:46). The Finn also won 24 games while finishing with a
2.16 GAA, a .924 save percentage and four shutouts.
The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.
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