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NHL Awards: Top 3 Vezina Finalists Have Been Selected

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is one of three finalists for the Vezina trophy
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is one of three finalists for the Vezina trophyGregory Shamus/Getty Images
James Wrabel, Jr.Correspondent IIApril 25, 2012

According to an NHL.com report by Adam Kimelman, the three finalists for the Vezina trophy—the league's best regular season goaltender according to the GMs—have been announced.

Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick, Nashville's Pekka Rinne and New York's Henrik Lundqvist make up the names on this year's ballot.

The winner will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards Show, June 20 at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

Each goaltender had a tremendous regular season and, not surprisingly, are still in the playoffs, with Lundqvist's Rangers being the only team still in the first round, facing a Game 7 Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

It will be an extremely tough vote.

Lundqvist had his best personal season and, arguably, the best season among the finalists, tallying a career-best 39 wins with a 1.97 goals against average and .930 save percentage—all in just 62 games, while leading his team to a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Quick was vital to L.A.'s success this season, recording 35 of the team's 40 wins while boasting a 1.95 goals against 10 shutouts and a .929 save percentage. He also propelled his team to an upset over the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.

Rinne was the backbone in net for the Predators, starting 73 games (most in the league) and boasting 43 wins, a 2.39 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

It will come down to the wire, but whoever wins the Vezina this season will certainly deserve the honor. 

Who do you think wins the hardware?

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