BOSTON -- The NHL announced this morning that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, to be announced in June, alongside Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.
The announcement comes as no surprise within the Bruins’ locker room, which was held open for the media this afternoon at TD Garden. Thomas broke Dominik Hasek’s single-season save percentage mark this season for the Northeast Division champions, posting a .938 average, along with a goals against average of 2.00 and a career-high nine shutouts. This is his second Vezina nomination in three seasons, having won it in 2009.
Thomas acknowledged the nomination, but kept his comments pretty brief.
“I’m very happy to hear that, obviously,” Thomas said. “After last year, wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever hear that again. So, obviously I’m very happy.”
“I think it’s pretty obvious to me that Tim is very deserving of that nomination,” Julien said. “Obviously, I’m a big fan of what he’s done this year. If you ask me, he certainly deserves it. I’m sure that I would get some arguments from other places, but I’m certainly going to support Tim for the season he’s had, and especially what he went through last year and how he’s bounced back this year. To have that kind of a season, he’s very deserving. I wish him all the luck, and hope he gets what he deserves.”