Braden Holtby is officially in the running to repeat as the top goaltender in the NHL.
On Saturday afternoon, the Capitals' goalie was named as a finalist for the 2017 Vezina Trophy, per the NHL release.
The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's top netminder based on regular-season play.
Holtby — who won the award in 2016, joins Canadiens goalie Carey Price — the 2015 winner — and with Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky.
The sixth-year Saskatchewan native finished the regular season with a 42-13-6 record in 63 starts. He recorded nine shutouts and had a 2.07 goals against average and entered the postseason with a .925 save percentage.
Holtby finished the regular season with the league lead in shutouts and wins, and ranked second in GAA and third in save percentage.
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