On Wednesday, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick
was named one of the three finalists for the NHL’s 2015-’16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded annually “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”
Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop and Washington’s Braden Holtby were also announced as candidates for the honor.
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Quick played in 68 games during the regular season, all of them starts, amassing a 40-23-5 record with a .918 SV% and a 2.22 GAA. Quick’s 4,034 minutes played was the most of any goaltender in the NHL this year.
The Kings’ franchise netminder appeared in his second All-Star Game this season, helping the Pacific Division earn a championship, and was named one of the NHL’s ‘Weekly Three Stars’ on three separate occasions.
Quick’s 40 wins broke his own record for the most by any goaltender in franchise history during a single season, surpassing his previous high of 39 wins during the 2009-’10 campaign.
In recording his 41st-career shutout in a 32-save performance against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 14 at the United Center, Quick set a new NHL record for the most by a U.S. born goaltender in league history.
The Kings finished just short of claiming the William M. Jennings trophy this season, which is awarded to the team that allows the fewest goals during a season. The Kings allowed a total of 192, behind only the Washington Capitals (191) and Anaheim Ducks (188).
"Quick led all NHL goaltenders in appearances (68), starts (68) and minutes (4,034), and ranked second in wins (40), fifth in saves (1,671) and tied for fifth in shutouts (5) in 2015-16. He became the first Kings goaltender to reach 40 wins in a season, breaking his own club record (39, 2009-10). The Milford, Conn., native recorded his 41st career shutout March 14 at Chicago, passing Frank Brimsek (Eveleth, Minn.) and John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) - both with 40 - for the most by a U.S.-born goaltender in NHL history. Quick is a Vezina finalist for the second time after a second-place finish in 2011-12." From LAKingsInsider.com: