Miller Named Finalist for NHL Vezina Trophy

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM EDT

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Miller Named Finalist for NHL Vezina Trophy

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY (NHL/WKBW) -- Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was named one of the three finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy Monday.

The other two finalists are Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, and Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Vezina Trophy is awarded to "the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," at the end of each season.

The finalists are determined by a ballot of the 30 NHL team general managers. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23 during the 2010 NHL Awards.

The three finalists are listed below in alphabetical order:

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

Brodeur led all NHL goaltenders in games (77), victories (45) and shutouts (nine), and captured his fifth career Jennings Trophy (fewest team goals-against). The 37-year-old Montreal native continued his assault on the NHL record book, topping Patrick Roy's record for career games by a goaltender, eclipsing Terry Sawchuk as the NHL's all-time shutout leader, matching Roy with his 13th 30-win season and extending his own record for 40-win seasons (eight). Voted a Vezina Trophy finalist for the ninth time, Brodeur is in quest of his fifth career win; he captured the award in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.

Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov posted career-best totals in victories (42), games (69), shutouts (eight), goals-against average (2.29) and save percentage (.920) as the Coyotes set franchise records for wins and points in a season and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002. He ranked second in the League in shutouts, tying the single-season franchise record, and third in wins, shattering the old franchise mark of 33. Bryzgalov started 29 of 36 games down the stretch, posting a 19-8-2 record in that span. He is a first-time Vezina Trophy finalist.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Miller earned his first nomination as a Vezina Trophy finalist by leading the Sabres to the Northeast Division title for the second time in the past four seasons. He set a franchise record and ranked fourth among NHL goaltenders with 41 wins; placed second in the League in goals-against average (2.22) and save percentage (.929); and tied a career high with five shutouts. Miller continued to excel following his MVP performance for Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, going 9-2-1 in his first 12 decisions after collecting the silver medal in Vancouver.

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