Flames' Jacob Markstrom among Vezina Trophy finalists as NHL's best goaltender

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NEW YORK — Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom was among three Vezina Trophy finalists named Tuesday.

Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators and Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers are also in the running for the prize awarded "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position."

All three goaltenders are making their debut as Vezina Trophy finalists. It's the first time since 2014 that there has been three debutantes for the award. Tampa's Ben Bishop, Boston's Tuukka Rask, and Colorado's Semyon Varlamov were the nominees that year.

Markstrom had a 2.22 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in the regular season for Calgary. He had a league-leading nine shutouts this season, far surpassing his eight career shutouts entering the season.

He is the first Flames netminder voted a Vezina Trophy finalist since Miikka Kiprusoff in 2006-07 and is aiming to become the second winner in franchise history, following Kiprusoff in 2005-06.

Saros took over as the Predators' starting goaltender after Pekka Rinne's retirement in the off-season. Saros had a 2.64 GAA, .918 save percentage, and four shutouts for Nashville.

Rinne was a four-time Vezina finalist, capturing the award in 2017-18, finishing second twice and third once.

Shesterkin posted an NHL-best 2.07 GAA and .935 save percentage, helping the Rangers (52-24-6) reach 110 points, the third-highest total in franchise history.

He recorded the seventh-best save percentage among all NHL goaltenders since the statistic was first officially recorded in 1955-56 (minimum 25 games played) and became the second Rangers netminder to top the save percentage chart, following Gump Worsley in 1957-58.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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