Ben Bishop named Vezina Trophy finalist
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.
The announcement, made before Wednesday's Game 1, wasn't a surprise, as Bishop led the league with a 2.06 goals against average, going 35-21 with a .926 save percentage. Bishop has as strong a case as any, with Capitals' Braden Holtby and Kings' Jonathan Quick the other finalists. The league's 30 general managers voted on the Vezina after the regular season was over. GM Steve Yzerman has said he'd vote for Bishop.
"I don't get a Vezina vote," coach Jon Cooper said late in the season. "I wish I did, because I know who it'd go to."
Bishop was a Vezina finalist after the 2013-14 season. Asked what it'd mean to win one, Bishop said late in the season. "Obviously it would be a great honor," Bishop said. "I don't really go out and say, 'I want to win the Vezina.' I go out and want to play well and give the team a chance to win. If you do that, stuff takes care of itself."