Blue Jackets: Bobrovsky named Vezina Trophy Finalist
COLUMBUS -- For the second time in his career, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League’s most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers, the club and NHL announced Saturday ight.
Bobrovsky won the award following the 2012-13 season. Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the other two finalists.
The Jackets goalie had vastly different results in the playoffs vs. the regular season this season as you'll see in this report.
To a man, the Blue Jackets and their head coach maintain the team would not have had their record regular season without Bobrovsky's elite play.
Bobrovsky posted a 41-17-5 record, 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA and SV%, while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied). Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. He was named the NHL’s First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record. He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.
The 28-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia won the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13 after going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 38 games. Since arriving in Columbus from the Philadelphia Flyers in a June 2012 trade, he has gone 139-84-20 with a 2.36 GAA, .923 SV% and 19 shutouts in 247 games.