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Bishop, Rask and Varlamov named Vezina Trophy finalists

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TSN.ca Staff
4/25/2014 12:43:22 PM
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Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche keeper Semyon Varlamov have been named finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy.

The award is handed out annually to the NHL's best goaltender.

Bishop set the Lightning franchise record for wins in a season (37) and ranked fourth in the NHL. This is his first time as a Vezina Trophy finalist.

The Denver native finished with a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. The last Lightning nominee for the award was Daren Puppa in 1996.

Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, guiding the Bruins to their first Presidents' Trophy since 1990. He was the only goaltender to rank among the NHL's top five in each of the major statistical categories, including finishing first in shutouts with seven.

His .930 save percentage was the NHL's second-best and his 2.04 goals-against average was good for fourth overall. The last Bruin to be nominated for the Vezina is also the last to win: Tim Thomas in 2010-11.

Varlamov led the NHL with 41 victories, as well as facing more shots and making more saves than any other netminder. He broke his head coach Patrick Roy's and franchise record for wins by one single victory. Varlamov is a Vezina finalist for the first time and the first Avalanche goaltender nominated for the award since Roy in 2001-02.

He finished third in save percentage with a .927 mark and posted a 2.41 goals-against average.

Vezina finalists (Photo: TSN)

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