This weekend the NHL announced their 2013 award winners and unfortunately, Henrik Lundqvist came up short in his bid for a second straight Vezina Trophy as he finished in second place to Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky doubled the amount of votes Lundqvist received (110 to 55).
Bobrovsky had a better goals against average (2.00 to 2.05) and save percentage (.932 to .926) as well as more shutouts (4 to 2) than Lundqvist. The Ranger netminder did have more victories (24 to 21).
...as much as I'd love to be a homer and tell you that Lundqvist was jobbed, he wasn't. Bobrovsky bested Lundqvist in three of the four major goaltending categories, while playing behind a much worse team. The only argument you could have for Lundqvist is that he was able to put the Rangers on his back and get them into the postseason, while Bobrovsky was not.
Here's an awesome compilation of Lundqvist's greatest saves from this year...
There were games when the King was jaw-dropping spectacular but this really wasn't a Veneza quality year for him IMHO - just shows how amazing he is to be runner up in a somewhat off year. The good thing is that many goals against were from lucky bounces, Rangers deflections, screens etc. but next year we won't have a non adaptive coach who doesn't allow the fact that we have the best goalie in the league to figure in his game plan. No more playing dead in front of the netl. Challenge the shooter, clear the net and let the best goal minder in the league see the puck.
Just hoping Bob goes to the KHL and the BJ's become mediocre again just in time for their new division hehehe
The Flyers are the biggest losers, trading away a Vezina winning goalie, then trading for his backup and potentially buying out their starter. I love it when the Flyers screw up this bad. :)
I get that Bobrovsky deserved and congrats to him, but how in the hell does Bobrovsky get 311 Hart trophy points while Hank gets 1???? That makes absolutely no sense! Rangers don't sniff the playoffs without Hank. Blue Jackets still miss the playoffs without the Bob. These writes just have their head up their asses and seem like they have no clue about hockey!
Neil Chatterton, nothing on Staal other than he's still recovering. Agree with you om negative impact of his loss in playoffs.
Pretty great that Bobrovsky leaves the Flyers and goes on to win the Vezina while they get rid of guys like Carter and M. Richards to make room for Ilya "The Universe" Bryzgalov and his mega contact, only to watch him let in softy after softy on their way to another failed season. Love it.
I agree with you. Any news on Staal...for me his injury doomed the Rangers. D-Corps is just not good enough at this time.
@Betweentheworlds For what it's worth, Hank did not have one of his best years this year, and he was still one of the top goalies in the league (and a Vezina finalist again). Tells you how good he is. It's always amazing hearing his peers and other coaches talk about him; how hard he's to score on, how he single handedly wins games. IMHO, he is the best goaltender in the world right now, and when you think about it frankly, it's mind boggling to be the best in the world at anything.
@Scott_from_Jersey well, in fairness, Carter and Richards were pretty immature players who did not get along with Laviolette, and Holmgren sided with PL on that one. Not really that they just made a bad move there. They sorta had to get rid of them, if you know what I mean.
Though Holmgren did make the big mistake of getting Bryz.