COLUMBUS, OHIO --- For the second time in his career, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers, the club and NHL announced tonight. He won the award following the 2012-13 season.
Bobrovsky posted a 41-17-5 record, 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA and SV%, while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied). Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. He was named the NHL's First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record. He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.
BOBROVSKY'S RECORD-SETTING SEASON
The 28-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia won the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13 after going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 38 games. Since arriving in Columbus from the Philadelphia Flyers in a June 2012 trade, he has gone 139-84-20 with a 2.36 GAA, .923 SV% and 19 shutouts in 247 games.
Bobrovsky is the first two-time finalist of a major NHL award and the second Blue Jackets goaltender to be so recognized. Steve Mason finished second in the voting to winner Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins in 2008-09. Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom was the third finalist that season.
The 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft will celebrate the League's top talent from the 2016-17 season and reveal the initial roster of the League's 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights, on Wednesday, June 21, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET.