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Antti Niemi Named Finalist For 2013 Vezina Trophy

NHL General Managers Vote Sharks Netminder One of the Top Three NHL Goaltenders

Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 11:11 AM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Antti Niemi Named Finalist For 2013 Vezina Trophy


SAN JOSE, California - The National Hockey League announced today that Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, an annual award given "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position" as voted by the general managers of all 30 NHL clubs.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. More details on format will be released at a later date.

The 29 year old Niemi is in his fifth NHL season and third season with San Jose. Amongst all NHL goaltenders, Niemi finished the regular season T-1st in games started (43), T-1st in wins (24), T-7th in overall save percentage (.924), T-6th in shutouts (4), 11th in goals against average (2.16) and led all NHL players in total ice time (2,580:46). Niemi's .924 SV% and 2.16 GAA were both career-highs and rank 2nd and 3rd in all-time Sharks franchise history respectively.

Along with posting top numbers in a variety of statistical categories, Niemi accumulated various team and league honors throughout the season. He was named the Brocade "Sharks Player of the Year" for 2012-13 after a vote conducted by the Bay Area media, earned the Playstation "Three Stars of the Game" Award, picked up Brocade "Sharks Player of the Month" honors for Jan./Feb. 2013 by allowing two or less goals in 12 of his 17 games, and was the NHL's Second Star of the Week from March 25-31 when he registered a 4-0-0 record with two shutouts, 1.22 GAA, and a .952 SV%.

Niemi became the first goaltender in Sharks history to have back-to-back shutouts on consecutive nights, making 49 saves in two shutout wins against Detroit and Anaheim on March 27 and 28. Niemi also started 24 consecutive games from March 9 through Apr. 23, tying Chris Terreri for the third-most consecutive games started in goal in Sharks franchise history.

Niemi is the second Sharks goaltender to be named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Former Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was a finalist in 2008 and finished in fourth-place in 2002.

Niemi, a native of Vantaa, Finland, was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on Sept. 2, 2010.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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