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Preds' Rinne finalist for Vezina Trophy

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NEW YORK (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Predators are the finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy for best goaltender.

The league announced the finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Lundqvist led the Rangers to the most points in the Eastern Conference, going 39-18-5 in 62 appearances with a 1.97 goals-against average. He is the first goaltender in NHL history to record 30-plus wins in each of his first seven seasons.

Quick set a franchise record with 10 shutouts for Los Angeles, and was second in the NHL with a 1.95 goals-against average.

Rinne went 43-18-8 for Nashville. He also was a Vezina finalist last season, finishing second to Boston's Tim Thomas.

Country stars come out for Nashville's Hockeytonk
The Nashville Predators, with plenty of help from their country friends, are bringing some Music City star power to the NHL playoffs.

Singer Vince Gill taunts opposing players. Dierks Bentley will be catching second-round games against the Coyotes in both Phoenix and in Nashville. During games, the likes of Martina McBride and Wynonna join the house band serenading fans in mini-concerts at intermission.

Keith Urban and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, donned the free T-shirts given out to fans as they cheered the Predators to their first-round series clinching win over Detroit last week. Reba McEntire also was on hand in a luxury suite.

Shoot, Carrie Underwood is married to Nashville's top center, Mike Fisher.

Just don't mistake this for country music's version of Showtime. They call this Hockeytonking.

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