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Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason Announced As Vezina Finalists

Published by on April 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The NHL announced it's finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded the the best goalie in the regular season, Monday afternoon.

The Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas, the Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom and the Columbus Blue Jackets' Steve Mason will vie for the award, voted on by the league General Managers.

Mason, a rookie, set a franchise-record three consecutive shutouts in December, and was instrumental in the Blue Jackets' first post-season appearance in franchise history.

Thomas, 31, led the league with a 2.10 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage.

"Just breaking into the NHL a few years ago, you're always trying to make your goals bigger, but you want to make them reasonable," said ...

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