Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky carried the Columbus Blue Jackets almost single-handedly on a nightly basis as the franchise made an unlikely dash to the playoffs.
While the Blue Jackets fell one point short of making the postseason for the second time in franchise history, Bobrovsky was rewarded Saturday night by being named the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.
"This is a tremendous moment for Sergei Bobrovsky, and similarly a big moment for our franchise," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson told the Columbus Dispatch. "He was outstanding for us this season. Just outstanding.
"He came out of the chute with a little bit inconsistency, but that disappeared, and he became a guy you could count on every day. He set an example for the entire organization."
The 24-year-old Bobrovsky was 21-11-6 with a .932 save percentage, 2.00 goals-against average and four shutouts. He was ranked second in the league in save percentage, fourth in goals-against, sixth in shutouts and seventh in wins.
The Blue Jackets acquired Bobrovsky in June 2012.
He is the first Russian to win the award.
The other finalists were New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose's Antti Niemi.