Lundqvist a Vezina finalist for third time
Blueshirts goalie led NHL in shutouts this season
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been nominated as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, as the league’s top goaltender during the 2007-08 regular season. It is his third consecutive nomination.
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Also among the finalists for this year's Vezina Trophy are San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov and New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur, who has won three of the past four Vezina Trophies.
This season marked the first time since 1970-71 that a Rangers’ goaltender led the league in shutouts (Ed Giacomin – eight), and his 10 shutouts were the most by a Rangers’ netminder since John Ross Roach posted 13 shutouts in 1928-29. On March 18, he turned aside 22 shots vs. Pittsburgh to record his 100th career victory in his 187th appearance, becoming the fastest Rangers’ goaltender to reach the mark (2nd – Mike Richter, 198 games).
In addition, Lundqvist stopped 26 shots at Long Island on March 6 to post his 30th win of the season to become only the second goalie in NHL history to record three straight 30-win seasons to begin his career (Ron Hextall, 1986-89). He was awarded Second Star honors by the NHL for the week ending November 4, posting a 3-0-0 record, 0.65 goals against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout during the span. He has also appeared in five postseason games this season, posting a 4-1 record, along with a 2.35 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Now in his third NHL season, the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist has appeared in 195 career NHL games, posting a record of 104-58-27, along with a 2.27 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and 17 shutouts. Lundqvist ranks among the league leaders in several goaltending categories since his rookie season in 2005-06, including wins (6th), goals against average (2nd), save percentage (T-4th), and shutouts (T-4th).
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has also appeared in 18 career playoff contests with the Rangers, posting a record of 10-8, along with a 2.51 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and one shutout. He appeared in 10 games during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering a 6-4 record, a 2.07 goals against average, a .924 save percentage and one shutout. He ranked fifth in post-season goals against average and tied for fifth in save percentage. Lundqvist has also appeared in several international tournaments for Sweden over the course of his career. In 2006, he captured a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, posting a 5-1 record along with a 2.33 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
The Are, Sweden native was originally the Rangers seventh round selection, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.