Bruins Thomas Named Vezina Finalist

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is one of three finalists for the 2010-11 Vezina Trophy, the NHL announced Friday.

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position. The other finalists for the award are Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.

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This season, Thomas broke the NHL record for single-season save percentage with a mark of .938, besting the previous record of .937 set by Dominik Hasek in the 1998-99 season. Thomas had a record of 35-11-9 in 57 games this season, and had a goal-against-average of 2.00. Thomas also set a career high with nine shutouts this season.

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This marks Thomas’ second Vezina nomination. He previously won the award following the 2008-09 season.

General Managers of all 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.

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