Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy finalist for Vezina Trophy

He is in the final three for the second straight year, this time with the Starsí Ben Bishop and the Islandersí Robin Lehner.
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks on during a stoppage in play against the Boston Bruins during second period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Monday, March 25, 2019.
DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks on during a stoppage in play against the Boston Bruins during second period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Monday, March 25, 2019.
Published April 20

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The Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goalie in the regular season.

Vasilevskiy, a finalist for the second straight season, is joined by the Stars’ Ben Bishop — who mentored Vasilevskiy while he was the Lightning’s No. 1 from 2013-17 until a trade to clear the way for Vasilevskiy — and the Islanders’ Robin Lehner.

Vasilevskiy posted a league-leading 39 victories and was in the top 10 in shutouts (six, tied for fourth), save percentage (.925, sixth) and goals-against average (2.40, ninth).

Bishop, a finalist for the third time (including 2013-14 with the Lightning), went 27-15-2 and led the league in save percentage (.934) and was second in goals-against average (1.98) and third in shutouts (seven) to backstop the Stars to their first playoff berth since 2015-16.

Lehner had a career-high 25 victories and was in the top five in save percentage (.930, second), goals-against average (2.13, third) and shutouts (six) as he helped the Islanders to their first playoff appearance since 2015-16.

The winner, chosen by the league’s general managers, will be announced June 19 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

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