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Antti Niemi Stopped All But One

Niemi Gave San Jose A Chance

Saturday, 04.30.2011 / 3:12 AM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Antti Niemi Stopped All But One
Goaltender Antti Niemi gave up a Detroit Red Wings tally midway through the first period but then stonewalled the fierce Red Wings for the remainder of the game as the Sharks won 2-1 in overtime.

“We played well both offensively and defensively,” Niemi said after the game. “Overall, we played a really good game.”

Niemi was 24-for-25 in net and didn’t have to face too many shots with traffic surrounding him.

“Traffic comes off a cycle,” Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock said. “Traffic doesn’t come off as much when you’re on a rush. If you’re not going to spend a lot of time in the (offensive) zone, you’re not going to have a lot of traffic.”

With the win, it’s sure to add to Niemi’s confidence in between the pipes, said Head Coach Todd McLellan.

“He was able to see the puck a little bit more and settle in,” McLellan said. “It’s nice for him to only have one (goal) against. It’s nice for him to get the win.”

A little bit of luck played into the game on several occasions and Niemi was quick to admit that some of the shots he partially blocked serendipitously didn’t end up in the net.

“I remember one early in the game.” said the Finnish netminder. “It hit my shoulder after it was tipped in the middle of the ice. I didn’t know where it was for a little bit but saw that it went over the net. There was a little bit of luck.”

A little luck and a lot of skill. 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
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12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 62 31 25 12 56
L. Couture 62 21 32 2 53
J. Thornton 58 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 62 16 29 -3 45
P. Marleau 62 13 31 -14 44
T. Wingels 55 12 15 -5 27
T. Hertl 62 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 51 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 57 7 11 10 18
M. Karlsson 33 9 7 4 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 16 7 .913 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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