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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is 11th in the league in goals against average.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Colorado Avalanche goatender Semyon Varlamov had a 41-14-6 record this season.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben BishopTuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche were named finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy, the NHL announced today.

The trophy is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."

Bishop had a Tampa Bay record .924 save percentage this season, with had five shutouts and a 2.23 goals-against average.

Rusk was the only NHL goaltender to rank in top five in each of the major statistical categories: He was first in the league with seven shutouts, ranked second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.

Varlamov led the NHL with 41 victories and also topped the league in shots faced and saves.

Each is a finalist for the first time. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the award last season. MUIR: Top Line: Broad Street echoes; biggest lesson of 2014 NHL playoffs; more links

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