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Mason, Thomas, Backstrom finalists for Vezina @NHLdotcom

NEW YORK (AP) -Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.

The league announced the finalists in a statement Monday. The winner will be revealed June 18 at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.

Backstrom appeared in 71 games for the Wild and ranked among the top 5 goaltenders in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. His 37 wins were a franchise record.

Mason, a rookie, posted a franchise-record three straight shutouts in December and helped the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs for the first time.

Thomas led the NHL with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins.

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