NHL names finalists for Vezina

Reigning champion Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks have been named finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's best goalie, the league announced Wednesday.

Lundqvist tied for the NHL lead in wins (24-16-3) and had a 2.05 goals-against average (seventh best in league) and a .926 save percentage (fifth best) during the regular season. This is the fifth time he's been named a Vezina finalist, having finished first in 2012 and third from 2006-08.

Bobrovsky, a first-time finalist for the award, went 21-11-6 during the regular season, with a 2.00 GAA (sixth best in the league), a .932 save percentage (second best) and four shutouts.

Niemi was tied for the NHL lead in starts (43) and saw more ice time than any other goalie (2,580 minutes, 46 seconds). A first-time Vezina finalist, he ranked third in shots faced (1,220) and saves (1,127) and had a 2.16 GAA, a .924 save percentage and four shutouts.

Voting for the Vezina was done by all 30 general managers at the end of the regular season. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals.