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Randy's Ramblings - 7/22/2013

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks TV, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

10 things you might not know about Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi:
  1. This past season he lead the NHL in minutes played (2581), tied for the league lead in wins (24) and starts (43) and was third with 1127 saves.

  2. His new goalie helmet/mask honors Finnish war heroes who fought the invading Soviet Russian army in the Finnish Winter War of 1939-40. The man pictured on his helmet is Chief Commander Gustaf Mannerheim who later became the president of Finland.

  3. As a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 he became the first goaltender from Finland ever to win a Stanley Cup.

  4. While playing junior hockey for Kiekko-Vantaa in Finland he would earn extra money driving the Zamboni at the local rink.

  5. His first career NHL victory was in March of 2009 in a Blackhawks 4-2 win over Los Angeles. His first career shutout was in October of that year in a 23 save 4-0 decision over Florida. The game was played in Helsinki, Finland as part of the NHL European Premier series.

  6. Niemi is a big country music fan. At the end of this years playoffs he traveled to Nashville to enjoy several days of live performance at the many venues in Music City that cater to country fans.

  7. He is not related to former Finnish National Team soccer goaltender Antti Niemi. Nor is he related to defenseman Jyri Niemi drafted in the third round in 2008 by the New York Islanders.

  8. He is the first player from Pohjois-Haaga High School in his hometown of Vantaa, Finland to ever make it to the NHL. Vantaa, just outside of the capital city Helsinki, boasts a population of about 200,000.

  9. On his day with the Stanley Cup in the summer of 2010 he partied in a sauna with former teammates of his Finish team Lahti Pelicans. Finland, a nation of about 5 million people, reportedly has 2 million saunas.

  10. Niemi used to play roller hockey in the offseason. In 2006 he backstopped Finland to a bronze medal at the World Cup.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 1 1 1 2 2
M. Vlasic 1 1 1 1 2
T. Hertl 1 1 1 -1 2
J. Sheppard 1 0 2 -1 2
J. Thornton 1 1 0 1 1
P. Marleau 1 1 0 1 1
R. Torres 1 1 0 1 1
J. Pavelski 1 0 1 1 1
M. Brown 1 0 1 0 1
L. Couture 1 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 1 0 0 .912 3.00
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