The finalists for the Vezina Trophy, for Best Goaltender in the National Hockey League were announced on Saturday, and the top three netminders competing for the hardware are Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Holtby a finalist in back-to-back years, put up nine shutouts to lead the league this past season. His 42 victories were tied for first overall with Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers.
In 63 starts, Holtby had the second-best goals against average (2.07) and fourth best save percentage (.925) in the league, among goalies making 25 or more appearances. He and fellow nominee, Bobrovsky were the only netminders ranked in the top five in each category.
Bobrovsky, is also a two-time finalist, winning the hardware in 2013. During the past season, he set a Blue Jackets record with 41 wins in 63 starts. He led the league with a 2.06 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Bobrovsky’s seven shutouts trailed only Holtby (9) and Tukka Rask, of the Boston Bruins (8). His 14-game winning streak, between November 29 and January 3, was tied for the second longest in NHL history. Gilles Gilbert of the Bruins, had the longest winning streak, when he strung together 17 victories during the 1975-1976 season.
Price, who captured the Hart Trophy as Most Valuable Player and the Vezina Trophy in 2015, finished the 2016-2017 season with a 37-20-3 record, 2.23 GAA and .923 save percentage through 62 starts.
He began the season on a 10-0-0 run with a .957 save percentage. Price also won 13 of his 19 starts after Claude Julien replaced Michel Therrien behind the Canadiens bench on February 14.
The winner will find out who gets to take home the hardware when the league holds the 2017 NHL Awards at the new home of the Vegas Golden Knights, the T-Mobile Arena on June 21 at 7:30 PM. The 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft can be seen live on NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.