Nashville’s Rinne Named Vezina Finalist

Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins were named the three finalists for the 2010-11 Vezina Trophy.

The Vezina is awarded to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.

The winner will be announced June 22 during the 2011 NHL awards in Las Vegas.

Luongo went 38-15-7, had a career-best 2.11 goals-against average and a save percentage of .928. He tied for the league lead in victories, ranked second in goals-against average and fourth in save percentage.

Rinne played a critical role in securing the Predators’ sixth playoff berth in the past seven seasons, going 33-22-9 with a 2.12 GAA, and .930 save percentage.

Thomas enjoyed a recordsetting bounce-back season after undergoing off-season hip surgery. He won his first eight decisions, and the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner finished the season with a 35-11-9 record and .938 save percentage, eclipsing Dominik Hasek’s .937 with Buffalo in 1998-99 as the best since the statistic was introduce

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