TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins warms up as he prepares to play in his first ever NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre November 20, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a wonderful year. However, it wasn’t quite good enough for him to win goaltending’s biggest prize. In fact, it wasn’t even enough to get him nominated.
The NHL announced its three finalists for the Vezina Trophy awarded the league’s best goaltender on Wednesday. Rask was not one of the finalists. The three finalists are New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, San Jose’s Antti Niemi and Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky.
Rask’s numbers were certainly good enough to make a case. He went 19-10-5 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. The Boston goalie also tied for the league lead in shutouts.
Where Rask likely fell short, though, was in games played. Lundqvist and Niemi were tied for second in the league in starts with 43, while Borbrovsky made 38 starts. Rask “only” started 36.