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Dubnyk Named Vezina Trophy Finalist

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild goaltender, Devan Dubnyk has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, for the league's top goalie as voted on by the NHL's General Managers.

The recipient of the 2015 Vezina Trophy, voted by the General Managers of all NHL teams, will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators were also named finalists for the 2015 Vezina Trophy. Dubnyk joins Niklas Backstrom as the only Vezina Trophy finalists in Wild history. Backstrom was one of three finalists in 2009, as Boston’s Tim Thomas was awarded the trophy.

Dubnyk was acquired by Minnesota from Arizona in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, on Jan. 14. After a red-eye flight, he started for Minnesota on Jan. 15 in Buffalo and became the first goalie in franchise history to earn a shutout victory in his Wild debut (7-0). He went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA, .936 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in 39 starts for the Wild – including a franchise-record 38 consecutive starts that ended with a victory in Chicago that clinched Minnesota’s playoff berth on April 7. In 19 road starts with Minnesota, Dubnyk was 15-2-1 with a 1.53 GAA, a .949 SV% and three shutouts. From his Wild debut on Jan. 15, he led the NHL in wins (six more than any other goalie) and T-2nd in shutouts.

“It’s crazy to think, being backup in Arizona to start and now I’ve got a picture on the side of the arena,” Dubnyk said on Wednesday.

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said he could see how quickly the impact of Dubnyk's confidence could affect his club's play in that first game against Buffalo.

Earlier this season, Dubnyk was named the NHL's First Star of February, Third Star of March, First Star of the Week (2/9 and 3/29) and Third Star of the Week (2/2).

The 28-year-old went 36-14-4 in 58 games this season and ranked second in the NHL with both a 2.07 goals-against average (GAA) and .929 save percentage (SV%), T-4th with six shutouts and T-6th with 36 wins. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound native of Regina, Sask., set single-season career highs in GAA, SV%, games played, consecutive starts (39), wins, shutouts, minutes, assists (2), shots faced (1,625) and saves (1,510).

Dubnyk is also nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The 2015 NHL Awards will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy); the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.

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