Ben Bishop, Tuukka Rask, Semyon Varlamov named finalists for Vezina Trophy

Friday April 25th, 2014

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.

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