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Lightning’s Ben Bishop finishes second in Vezina Trophy voting to Braden Holtby

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop finished second in the voting as the NHL’s best goaltender.

In the end, however, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals simply won too many games.

Holtby won 48 games this season and helped his team to the President’s Cup on his way to winning the Vezina Trophy Wednesday night. Bishop won 35, losing 11 when the Lightning scored two goals or fewer. He led the league in save percentage and in goals against. Bishop led the league in save percentage (. 926) and goals against (2.06).

Holtby received 140 points, including 26 first place votes. Bishop had 51, with two first-place votes. Jonathan Quick of the Kings had 36 points and one first-place vote.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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