The three Vezina Trophy finalists finished 1-2-3 in lowest goals-against average. Thomas allowed a mere 2.10 goals per game, while Mason was next at 2.29 and Backstrom third at 2.33.
My pick is Tim Thomas, because he faces so many shots and led the Bruins to top spot in the East. He's Cujo in his prime or maybe better. By the way, Jason Labarbera finished 4th in voting. I'm kidding.
There is an article in The Province stating that maybe Roberto Luongo should have got the nod over Mason. I do not agree with that. Louie was injured for too long and was shakey afterwards for a period of time.