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How Braden Holtby won the 2016 Vezina Trophy

Braden Holtby is your winner of the 2016 Vezina Trophy award in a landslide over Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick.

Here’s why Holtby took home the award, via the NHL: 

Holtby equaled a single-season NHL record with 48 wins, tying the mark set by New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in 2006-07, to backstop the Capitals to the 2015-16 Presidents’ Trophy as the League’s top regular-season club. Holtby, who tied a franchise record with 41 victories in 2014-15, became the seventh goaltender in NHL history to record consecutive 40-win seasons – and the first to do since San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov from 2007-09 (3x). The first-time Vezina finalist ranked fifth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.20), sixth in saves (1,661) and eighth in save percentage (.922).

Here’s how the GMs voted:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Braden Holtby, WSH 140 (26-3-1)
2. Ben Bishop, TBL 51 (2-12-5)
3. Jonathan Quick, LAK 36 (1-8-7)
4. Roberto Luongo, FLA 14 (0-3-5)
5. Corey Crawford, CHI 10 (1-1-2)
6. Cory Schneider, NJD 10 (0-1-7)
7. John Gibson, ANA 3 (0-1-0)
Martin Jones, SJS 3 (0-1-0)
9. Brian Elliott, STL 3 (0-0-3)

Holtby is the third Capitals netminder to win the award, joining Jim Carey and Olaf Kolzig. 

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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