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Backstrom, Mason, Thomas vie for Vezina


Steve Mason, the brilliant young goalie of the Columbus Blue Jackets, could become only the fifth NHL player to win the Vezina and Calder trophies in the same year.

But he’ll have to beat out the Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, and Tim Thomas, whose league-leading goals-against average was a driving force for the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins this season.

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I think this is a two horse race between Thomas and Mason but it is going to be a duel down to the wire to select a winner.  Thomas, the 35 yr old has led his team from 8th to 1st and Mason the rookie has taken his team from out of post season contention to the first playoffs in franchise history.  A fan poll of has the winner to be:

Steve Mason:
blue bar 30.55 %
Tim Thomas:
blue bar 52.48 %
Niklas Backstrom:
blue bar 16.97 %
Who would you select as this year’s Vezina winner?