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by Paul on 12/21/11 at 03:18 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Lots of interesting names to kick around when it comes to handicapping the Vezina Trophy race as we hit the end of the calendar year—some familiar some not. Here’s a look at our top five plus some honorable mentions.
5. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
In much the same way that Lundqvist has risen to the occasion for the Rangers, Fleury has quietly helped keep a Penguins team that has been rocked by injuries to top players, including captain Sidney Crosby, Norris Trophy hopeful defenseman Kris Letang and at various times Paul Martin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik and Evgeni Malkin, in the mix at the top of the Eastern Conference. Fleury had a stretch during in which he allowed three or more goals in eight of nine games, but his 17 wins are second in the NHL….
4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
There are a couple of reasons the New York Rangers remain very much in the hunt for the Atlantic Division crown and for top spot in the Eastern Conference in spite of injuries that have decimated the blue line. There’s Marian Gaborik, who’s enjoying a bounce-back year with 19 goals one off the league lead. And there’s The King, netminder Henrik Lundqvist….
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