The NHL announced today that Henrik Lundqvist along with Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jacket and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks have been named finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy.
Lundqvist, who won the award last season, was tied for the League lead this season with 24 wins, and finished in the top seven in the League with a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage.
Bobrovsky went 21-11-6, and was second in the League with a .932 save percentage and fifth with a 2.00 goals-against average.
Niemi, tied Lundqvist for the League lead with 24 wins, was tied for the second-most shutouts in the League with four, was seventh with a .924 save percentage and also had a 2.16 GAA.
…congrats to Lundqvist for this well deserved nomination. After starting the season a little shaky Lundqvist ended the year on an absolute tear as he had a 1.76 gaa and .934 sv% in the month of April. As has been the case every year since debuting with the Blueshirts, the Rangers don't sniff the playoffs without him. Unless you watch this guy on a gamely basis, which we all do, you can't appreciate what an amazing talent and competitor he is.
…as far as handicapping this race, I think it'll come down to Lundqvist and Bobrovsky. "The Bob" had an absolutely amazing season getting the Blue Jackets on the cusp of making the playoffs, but at the end of the day he fell short while Lundqvist's late season heroics propelled the Rangers into the postseason. Got to go with Hank.
Here's video of the announcement…
To watch at NHL.com, click here.