GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 15: Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings answers questions from the media during the post-game press conference after Game Two of the Western Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SB Nation's collection of hockey bloggers have teamed up to vote for the 2012 NHL Awards. Over the next several days, we'll reveal our winners for seven different league awards. First up on Monday: the Vezina Trophy.
The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the best goaltender in the NHL. Here at SB Nation, bloggers from our 33 hockey blogs have cast their own ballots for the award.
Ballots featured three fill-in-the-blank spaces for the Vezina Trophy, and voters were asked to select a third-place finisher, a second-place finisher and a winner for the award. Players receiving third-place votes were awarded one point, second-place votes were awarded two points and first-place votes were awarded three points. 39 ballots were submitted in total.
And the winner is ....
- Second place: Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
- Third place: Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes.
- Others receiving votes: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators; Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues; Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.
Here's the full points breakdown -- not votes, points, based on the criteria detailed above. Three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote:
|Jonathan Quick||6||Jonathan Quick||20||Jonathan Quick||60||86|
|Henrik Lundqvist||9||Henrik Lundqvist||26||Henrik Lundqvist||42||77|
|Mike Smith||14||Mike Smith||14||Mike Smith||6||34|
|Pekka Rinne||9||Pekka Rinne||14||Pekka Rinne||9||32|
Be sure to check in with your favorite SB Nation hockey blogs to see how writers covering each team cast their ballots. Check back on Tuesday as we announce our winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's top defenseman.