Rask one of three finalists for Vezina

Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask on Friday was named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded each season to the best goalie in the NHL. Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche are the other finalists.

Rask’s first nomination comes after a season in which he posted career bests in shutouts (7), wins (36) and games played (58). Rask’s 2.04 goals-per-game average and .930 save percentage were both second in the NHL behind Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild.

This is Rask’s first nomination. If he wins, he’ll become the second Bruins goalie to win it in four seasons. Tim Thomas won it for the 2010-11 season.