Lundqvist Finishes 2nd In Vezina Voting
After winning his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender a year ago, Henrik Lundqvist was seeking back-to-back Vezinas this season after being named a finalist for the fifth time in his career. However Lundqvist placed second in voting announced Saturday night, finishing behind winner Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Rangers goaltender has been a finalist for this award in five of his eight NHL seasons. Lundqvist has been a runner-up for the Vezina following the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, and now 2013 seasons, while winning the hardware after his phenomenal 2011-12 campaign.
Bobrovsky finished with 110 points in the voting conducted by the league's general managers. Lundqvist had 55 points, while San Jose's Anttii Niemi placed third with 46 points.
Lundqvist started 43 of the Rangers 48 games in the truncated 2013 NHL season, and tied for the league lead with 24 wins. His .926 save percentage tied for fifth best in the NHL, and his 2.05 goals against average was seventh best. Lundqvist posted a pair of shutouts in 2013, becoming the Rangers all-time leader in shutouts; and he also appeared in his 500th NHL game.
In other awards announced by the NHL on Saturday, Alex Ovechkin of Washington won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player; Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh won the Ted Lindsey Award as the league's top player as voted by the players; P.K. Subban of Monteal won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman; and Jonathan Huberdeau of Florida won the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year.
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