Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars, Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday. The award is given annually to the goalie voted the best at his position.
The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas on June 19.
Bishop led the NHL with a .934 save percentage, was second with a 1.98 goals-against average and third with seven shutouts among goalies with at least 10 games played. He was 27-15-2 in 46 games (45 starts) and set a Stars record with an NHL career-long shutout streak of 233:04 from March 2-19, winning six straight games over that span. He led NHL goalies with at least 15 games played in save percentage at even strength (.938).
Lehner became the first player to get a shutout in his Islanders debut (4-0 against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8) and he finished with an NHL career-high 25 wins and six shutouts in 46 games (25-13-5). He won an NHL career-best eight straight starts from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10. Among NHL goalies with at least 10 games played, Lehner ranked second in save percentage (.930) and third in GAA (2.13). Lehner and backup Thomas Greiss won the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goalies on the team that allowed the fewest goals (196, including five shootout winners) during the regular season.
Vasilevskiy helped the Lightning tie an NHL record for wins in a season (62) and win the Presidents' Trophy with 128 points. He led the NHL with 39 wins, tied for fourth with Lehner in shutouts (six), and had a 2.40 GAA and .925 save percentage in 53 games. Vasilevskiy went 30-7-3 after his return from a foot injury Dec. 13, including 10 straight wins from Feb. 9-March 5. He could be the first Lightning goalie to win the Vezina after finishing third in the voting last season.