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Igor Shesterkin wins 2022 Vezina Trophy

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For most of the 2021-22 NHL season, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin was going to win the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender in the league.

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On Tuesday it became a reality.

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Shesterkin was declared the winner of the Vezina Trophy at the end of an absolutely remarkable season in which he helped the Rangers to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

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goaltender Calgary Flames Jacob Markstrom and goaltender for the Nashville Predators Saros hair were two other award finalists. The award is voted on annually by 32 NHL general managers.

Shesterkin finished the regular season as the league leader in shooting percentage (.935) and goals against average (2.07), while also recording six shutouts. He did all this while playing for a defense that has been at the bottom of the league all season in terms of shot suppression and scoring chances.

Here’s how the voting went.

There was a huge difference in the overall success and records of the Rangers when Shesterkin was on the lineup and when he was not: the team went 36-13-4 in games where he was the best goaltender (117 points). over 82 games) and 16-11-3 (96 points in 82 games) in games where he was not the top goaltender. Shesterkin’s pace would have been the level of the President’s Trophy game. The non-Shesterkin pace would have been a minor playoff team.

Even though playoff results were not considered in the voting, Shesterkin also had a postseason break for the Rangers, helping lead them to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He finished the postseason with a .929 shooting percentage in his 20 starts and was the main reason for the Rangers’ defeat. The Rangers defensive play ahead of him was one of the weakest we’ve seen conference finalists in the salary cap era, further highlighting Shesterkin’s dominance and outstanding play.

Other NHL honors winners announced earlier in the playoffs

Jack Adams Award: Darryl Sutter, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Trophy: Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets
Masterton Trophy: Cary Price, Montreal Canadiens
Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.




Source: nhl.nbcsports.com

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