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Lightning's Bishop finishes second in Vezina Trophy voting

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The Lightning's Ben Bishop figured he would be a long shot to win the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie, saying he'd be "pleasantly surprised."

"You hear (Capitals goalie Braden) Holtby kind of had it wrapped up," Bishop said.

That certainly was the case at Wednesday's NHL Awards show in Las Vegas, Holtby winning the Vezina after receiving 26 of 30 first-place votes from the league's general managers. Bishop finished second with two first-place votes, one no doubt by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

Bishop, with 12 second-place votes and five third-place votes, had 51 points. The Kings' Jonathan Quick had 36.

Bishop, 29, who was also a finalist in 2013-14, led the league in goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.926). Holtby, 26, tied a league record with 48 wins.

Bishop credited his teammates for playing so well in front of him, but there was a reason they called him their "MVP." Bishop finished 10th in Hart Trophy voting as league MVP, getting one first-place vote.

"As long as you're putting yourself in that conversation," he has said about the Vezina, "you're doing something right."

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman finished seventh in the Norris Trophy voting (league's top defenseman).

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