Former Sabres netminder Robin Lehner finalist for Vezina Trophy

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New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) celebrates with Valtteri Filppula at the end of Game 4 of the team’s NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, and swept the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

On the heels of his best season in the NHL, Robin Lehner has been named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the best goaltender in the league.

Lehner, who previously spent three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, won a career best 25 games to go along with a .930 save percentage.  He also had six shutouts.

The 27-year-old was also intrustmental in New York’s sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, allowing just six goals.

Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Dallas’ Ben Bishop are also up for the honor.

After struggling with the Sabres during the 2017-2018 campaign, Lehner did not receive a qualifying offer from the club as a restricted free agent.  He would later sign a one-year contract with the Islanders. 

Prior to this season starting, Lehner detailed his mental health struggles in The Athletic, explaining his battle with addiction and his thoughts of suicide.

With support from the Sabres he received help.

“I had never had a sober season of hockey my entire career,” Lehner wrote in September.  “But now there is a new reality. I can focus on my career.”

You can read his full piece here: Robin Lehner – ‘I could not stand being alone in my brain’

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