By John Vogl
The NHL has announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, and for the first time all three goaltenders are from Europe.
The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), San Jose's Antti Niemi (Finland) and Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky (Russia) are in the running to be named top goalie, as voted on by the league's general managers.
Bobrovsky is the favorite after leading the surprising Blue Jackets to the cusp of the playoffs. He was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He'd become the first Russian to win the award.
Lundqvist won last year and is a finalist for the fifth time.
The first European Vezina winner was Philadelphia's Pelle Lindbergh (Sweden) in 1985. Dominik Hasek (Czech Republic) has won the most with six.