Esposito, Tony Smith, Gary Chicago Blackhawks 1971-72
The Chicago Black Hawks led by TONY ESPOSITO and GARY SMITH paced the NHL with a combined 2.12 goals-against average, including 166 goal against to capture the 1971-72 VEZINA TROPHY. ESPOSITO played the majority of games, recording a 31-10-6 record with league bests in shutouts (9) and goals-against average (1.76) to earn his second VEZINA. SMITH chipped in with a 14-5-6 record, a 2.42 goals-against average and five shutouts. The Hawks defence was stingy and efficient, propelling the team to a franchise-record 107 points. Cesare Maniago and Lorne Worsley of Minnesota placed second in the VEZINA derby.