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Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy a Vezina Trophy finalist

The 26-year-old won in 2018-19 and placed third in voting twice.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period of Game 1 of the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PNC Arena on Sunday, May 30 in Raleigh.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period of Game 1 of the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PNC Arena on Sunday, May 30 in Raleigh. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 1
Updated Jun. 1

RALEIGH, N.C. — For the fourth straight season, the Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded each season to the league’s top goaltender.

The other finalists are Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury and Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer.

Vasilevskiy won the Vezina in 2018-19 and finished third in voting in 2017-18 and 2019-20. The winner is selected by a vote of league general managers.

Vasilevskiy, 26, was arguably the Lightning’s most valuable player this season, setting career bests in goals against average (2.21) and save percentage (.925)

He became the first goaltender since Martin Brodeur to lead the league in wins for a fourth straight season, going 31-10-1 with five shutouts. He’s also the first goalie since Brodeur to be a Vezina finalist for at least four straight years.

“He’s obviously the backbone of our team and the MVP on most nights,” Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn said. “He’s unbelievable and right in his prime and he’s only going to continue to grow as a goalie.”

Vasilevskiy’s season included a franchise-record 12-game winning streak from Feb. 22 to March 23, the seventh longest win streak by a goalie in NHL history. He posted three shutouts over that stretch, had a .938 save percentage and 1.64 goals against average.

The Vezina Trophy winner, as well as the other NHL awards, will be announced throughout the Stanley Cup semifinals and finals rounds.

Note: Defensemen Erik Cernak and David Savard both participated in Tuesday’s pregame morning skate, a good sign that they will play in Game 2. Savard missed Sunday’s Game 1 with an upper body injury and Cernak left the game late in the second period after being sandwiched on a hit and didn’t return.

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