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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask wins Vezina Trophy

Jun 24, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT


Tuukka Rask has taken the 2014 Vezina Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top goaltender.

The award comes on a special day – the eight-year anniversary to the day when the Boston Bruins acquired Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. Rask finished the season with a league-leading seven shutouts and a .930 save percentage, which was second among goalies. He also recorded 36 wins in the regular season.

Here are the voting results for the award:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

1. Tuukka Rask, BOS 103 (16-6-5)
2. Semyon Varlamov, COL 90 (9-13-6)
3. Ben Bishop, TB 32 (1-6-9)
4. Carey Price, MTL 26 (2-3-7)
5. Jonathan Quick, LA 9 (1-1-1)
6. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 5 (1-0-0)
7. Steve Mason, PHI 3 (0-1-0)
8. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)
Kari Lehtonen, DAL 1 (0-0-1)

In the end, 16 of 30 league general managers took Rask as their top choice for the Vezina. It is Rask’s first Vezina Trophy of his career.

Here’s a list of the Vezina winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2014 Tuukka Rask, Bos. Semyon Varlamov, Col.
2013 Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
2012 Henrik Lundqvist, NYR Jonathan Quick, L.A.
2011 Tim Thomas, Bos. Pekka Rinne, Nsh.
2010 Ryan Miller, Buf. Ilya Bryzgalov, Phx.
2009 Tim Thomas, Bos. Steve Mason, CBJ
2008 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Evgeni Nabokov, S.J.
2007 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Roberto Luongo, Van.
2006 Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy. Martin Brodeur, N.J
2004 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy.
2003 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Marty Turco, Dal.
2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Patrick Roy, Col.
2001 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Roman Cechmanek, Phi.
2000 Olaf Kolzig, Wsh. Roman Turek, St. L.
1999 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Curtis Joseph, Tor.
1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1996 Jim Carey, Wsh. Chris Osgood, Det.
1995 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Ed Belfour, Chi.
1994 Dominik Hasek, Buf. John Vanbiesbrouck, Fla.
1993 Ed Belfour, Chi. Tom Barrasso, Pit.
1992 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Kirk McLean, Van.
1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Patrick Roy, Mtl.
1990 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Daren Puppa, Buf.

  1. phxyotes - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Grats to him. I wonder how the early start to summer vacation was for him?

    • pepper2011 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      It was good, but not as long as Smith’s.

  2. drewsylvania - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Some nice consolation prizes for the Bruins today.

  3. shutton83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    We’ll deserved, best goalie in the league this year. He was the cornerstone of the Bruins D that made them successful this year. Varlamov had a great year but Rasks stats were to hard to ignore, and Bishop got hurt as well as fell off the last bit of the season

    • shutton83 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      Well* , ah the joys of the IPad

  4. mackattack29 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Varlamov should’ve won. Playing for the Bruins is a pretty gigantic advantage when it comes to defensive minded players, within a very defensive system. Rather than the run and gun avs who left Varly out to dry too many nights.

    • nunan - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Someone has the same argument every year. Tuukka was the best goalie. Maybe next year.

    • shutton83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      If you watched a lot of bruins games this season (which I don’t blame you for not watching if you’re not a b’s fan) Tuukka had good defense but a lot of times the lack of speed on the Bruins D-men left him with a lot of breakaways and two on ones to deal with and he stopped the majority of them, to top it off he made a lot of hard saves look routine with impeccable positioning and aggressive goaltending. You have to factor I’m Rasks contributions to the bruins d #’s as well, Varlamov had a great breakout year but Rask beat him (handily in some) in many of the major statistical categories and that’s very hard to ignore when the play of the two goalies had been so superb. Varlamov deserve all the credit in the world for the Av’s success but Rask was just a little better.

      • avscup - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Except the one stat that matters most! Wins! If Rask played in the WC Varly would have won it.

      • drewzducks - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        avs…do some research rather than making more of an ass of yourself. In Rask’s 21 starts against the “mighty” Western Conference he posted a record of 12-4-5 with a 1.80 GAA and a .938 save %.

      • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Drews, speaking of making an ass of yourself, you misinterpreted my comment. I meant that if Rask was in the West, the Eastern based media would have found a different winner.

        The facts are Varly won more games, the most important stat. Right? He did that behind an inferior defense than Rask, against tougher competition, the west! He faced over 400 more shots!

      • stratomaticfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Avscup: Like in baseball, Wins is not the end all to be all. If your team doesn’t score, you can play great and lose. I noticed that Varlamov also played more games than Rask…helping him with his win total. I’ll take the hefty edge in GAA, the slight edge in Sv Pct…and the League leading 7 shutouts as good indicators that Rask had the better season…and the voters seem to agree with me. And that’s not to say that Sem didn’t have a great season. He did. Hats off. But only 1 can be the best. And he’s the guy with the 2 U’s and the 2 K’s

      • pepper2011 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Avs doesn’t do research. He is always right despite what actual facts say.

        Marc Andre Fleury has more wins that any other goalie over the last 4 years – 140

        Lunqvist and Niemi are next with 132 (unless I missed something).

        Can you legitimately say that MAF’s name should have Vezina anywhere near it?

        I guess something like “we need a Vezina caliber goalie; MAF is just not that…” would makes sense.

  5. bencia823 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    the list of 9 candidates was pretty funny. Rask won it on stats, but Varly deserved it with his play. Ondrej Pavelec could put up Vezina stats behind the Bruins. They made Chad Johnson look good for pete’s sake

    • shutton83 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      So are we only going to give awards to players who play on lacking teams? I’ll call Nabokov and the islanders about the mixup right away. Rasks play was on par with Varlys, both we’re great, no dominant this season but Rask had better #’s and you can’t not count stats. And Chad Johnson was terrific this season, just watch some film and you’ll see he wasn’t some empty body to throw I’m there when Tuukka needed a rest.

  6. gbart22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I can’t stand when people use the team as an excuse for why the player played well. As a brodeur fan I heard it for years despite he won those vezinas after Stevens and neidermeyer were gone oh and he finished 2nd a bunch times. You still have to play well and put up the numbers and he did congrats to Rask for a great season.

  7. charastein - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Tuukka looks like an elf from Lord of the Rings.

    Great season but he still has to bring home the only trophy that matters to chase away the shadow of Tim Thomas.

    Tuukka has a ring but I’m sure he wants to earn his own as a starter.

  8. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    This is bull! Henry deserved it!

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Rask had an unbelievable season and you can’t say he didn’t deserve the award, but idk how you pass on Varlamov. The Avs have a deep forward group, but their D corps is pretty average. There’s youth and upside on that blueline but Varlamov stood on his head the entire season. He didn’t have Zdeno Chara or Patrice Bergeron looking out for him in the Avs zone. Would Chad Johnson have put up those kind of numbers if he was Colorado’s backup? I highly doubt it.

    • shutton83 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      People like to discredit Rask due to the players around him, the same thing happened with Brodeur in his hay day and the argument I’m unavoidable. The way I look at the Vezina is that it’s ultimately am award for the goaltender who gives you the best chance to win. Each of the finalists had their own speciality, Bishop has his size to take away the bottom of the net and concentrate high shots, Varlamov has great side to side movement that allows him to cover a lot of the net, and Rask is an expert at positioning and aggressive goaltending in tandem. Now analyzing all of these it came down to Varly and Rask, due to Bishops late season struggles and injury. So looking at the two goaltenders we have Varlamov who shines despite an average blue line and is able to cover his crease effectively, then we have Rask a goalie that had a good blue line (remember the Bruins D was hit with injuries to Mcquaid and Seidenberg two top 4 defenseman) and is able to use his positioning and ability to come out of the crease and cut down angles and funnel shots into an area where they can be stopped. Both goalies played at a superb level so then we look at stats, Rask beat Varlamov in every category except wins which in goaltending is not a great stat in terms of Indv skill. Take into account that GM’s vote on the award and not the media so these men have a in depth knowledge of these net minders and the ways to beat them. They came to the conclusion that Rask was the harder man to beat based on his skill set. You pass on Varlamov because of the quite high GAA and the fact that the Indv play of the goalies was while different styles, quite even in terms of effectiveness. As to the Chad Johnson question he was a quite capable backup, and it may have something to do with the Bruins goaltending coaches because Anton Khudobin ( the burns backup last year) signed with Carolina, a team with Sub par defense and excelled and stole the starting job from Cam Ward, you can’t use a backups success to discredit the starters achievements.

      • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Fair post. Rask is a great goalie no doubt. Hard to argue with the selection.

  10. mikemj - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Rask is the best goalie in the world. He should have won the Con Smythe last year–and I’m a Blackhawks fan.

  11. obamareallysucks - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    Bruins suck like obama

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