Bruins netminder Rask takes home Vezina Trophy


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Las Vegas, NV ( - Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was named the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goaltender.

Rask helped the Bruins to the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 1990 with a record of 36-15-6 and was the only goaltender to rank among the top five in all major statistical categories.

He led the league with seven shutouts, was second in save percentage at .930, finished fourth with a 2.04 goals-against average and was fifth in wins. The native of Finland allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of his 58 starts.

Rask joins Tim Thomas (2009, 2011) as recent Bruins backstops to be judged the league's top performers at the position. He topped Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov and Tampa Bay Lightning's crease guardian Ben Bishop.

All three goaltenders were Vezina finalists for the first time.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was deemed the NHL's best goaltender last season.

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