Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com takes a look at the top contenders in the Vezina Trophy trophy race including Henrik Lundqvist…
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Stats: Tied for seventh in wins (33), fifth in save percentage (.924) and GAA (2.24), first in shutouts (11).
Breakdown: Previously nominated for the award, King Henrik’s Vezina campaign has really only caught on nationally in the past few weeks, in line with his team’s red-hot, late-season stretch. His league-leading 11 shutouts definitely make a statement. Much like Carey Price in Montreal, you wonder where Lundqvist’s team would be without him and whether it would be sitting in a playoff spot.
LeBrun feels that Thomas should win the award.
…not sure of Lundqvist is going to overcome Thomas for the Vezina, but as I said last night Hank’s performance down the stretch has vaulted him, in my opinion, into Hart contention as well. Think about it. Would Boston or Vancouver still be in the playoffs without Thomas or Sedin. Probably. Would the Rangers even be contending for a spot without Lundqvist? Exactly.