Lundqvist, Quick, Rinne are finalists

Updated: April 27, 2012, 2:06 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been named one of three finalists for this year's Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender as voted by the NHL's 30 general managers.

Lundqvist is joined by Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick and Nashville's Pekka Rinne as candidates for the trophy, which will be announced at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas in June.

Leading the Rangers to an Eastern Conference title, Lundqvist recorded career-highs with 39 wins, a 1.97 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. The 30-year-old Swede also finished the regular season with eight shutouts.

"I'm really proud and honored to be with those names," Lundqvist said. "It's been a year where there have been a lot of good goalies this year and playing really well this year. To be up there, it's a great feeling. Obviously I take a lot of pride that. I think also my teammates should feel good about it because it's about teamwork."

Said teammate Marian Gaborik: "He's been the rock of our team. The stone for us all year. He's been consistent and we wouldn't be where we are and where we finished the regular season without him."

Quick has bolstered the Kings all season and been vital to their first-round upset of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference playoffs.

Quick led the league with 10 shutouts and finished second with a 1.95 goals-against average. He also had a .929 save percentage, good for fifth overall.

Rinne also has enjoyed a tremendous series for the surging Predators, who knocked off Detroit in the Western Conference quarterfinals. After signing a seven-year extension with Nashville in November, the 29-year-old Finn finished with a league-leading 43 wins in a whopping 73 games played.

ESPNNewYork.com's Matt Ehalt contributed to this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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