How Carey Price won the Vezina Trophy (and it somehow wasn’t unanimous)

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Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price poses on the red carpet before the NHL Awards show Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender of the 2014-15 season. This was not a surprise. He was completely dominant; and even if you want to consider the Vezina as the de facto MVP award for goalies, he’s a runaway winner. 

What was a surprise:  That Price didn’t win the award unanimously, which was possible.

From the NHL:

Price was a near-unanimous selection, garnering 27 first-place votes from the 30 cast by NHL General Managers. His 144 voting points placed him ahead of Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (60) and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk (28).

Price led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first goaltender to pace the League in all three categories since Ed Belfour accomplished that feat with the Blackhawks in 1990-91. In doing so, the first-time Vezina finalist surpassed a 59-year-old franchise record for wins in one season. Jacques Plante set the former mark of 42 in 1955-56 and equaled the number in 1961-62, while Ken Dryden also reached the milestone in 1975-76. Price’s save percentage was the third-highest in a single season since the NHL began tracking the stat in 1976-77. He also tied for second in the NHL and set a career high with nine shutouts, the most by a Canadiens goaltender since 1976-77 (Dryden: 10)

So who ended up getting the first-place votes from the NHL’s general managers that Price didn’t get?

Here’s how the votes broke down:

Third. Place. Vote. For. Cam. Talbot. Well, at least Corey Schneider can rest easy knowing that apparently his season was apparently garbage. 

Also, there were 14 GMs that didn't give Devan Dubnyk a vote. That happened. 

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