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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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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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