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Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
Goaltender
Number: 30
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195
Catches: Left
Born: Jun 18, 1980
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Drafted: PHI / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (168th overall)
2010-11: Made his first start since Jan. 13 on April 6 at Anaheim…Appeared in relief of Antti Niemi on March 14 at Chicago…Placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 17 and activated on March 5…Missed 11 games due to a lower body injury (2/9 - 3/3)…Missed six games (Jan. 20 thru Feb. 5) with a lower body injury…Allowed only one goal, on a penalty shot, on Dec. 18 at St. Louis…Defeated Philadelphia, his former team, by stopping 31 shots and both shootout attempts…2-0 in shootouts this season…Won his first shootout of the season, stopping both Islanders on Nov. 11…Stopped 33 shots in beating Tampa Bay, his former team, on Nov. 6…Earned his first win as a Shark on Oct. 21 at Colorado stopping 29 shots…Made 22 saves in his Sharks debut Oct. 9 vs Columbus in Stockholm.2009-10: His games played, wins and .909 save percentage were the second-highest totals of his career…Faced a career-high 1,388 shots and made a team record 47 saves on March 25 at Boston…Held the fourth-longest shutout streak in franchise history at 146:13 from Jan. 21-29…Didn’t allow more than two goals in 14 of his last 23 appearances, including eight wins out of 11 consecutive starts from Jan. 21-Feb. 9…Played in his 200th career game on March 14 vs. Pittsburgh…Olympics: Represented Team Finland.

2008-09: His .912 save percentage and goals-against average set new career highs (in seasons with more than three games played)…Faced a season-high 48 shots and made a season-high 47 saves on Dec. 20 vs. Washington…Notched 50th NHL victory on Nov. 26 at Carolina.

2007-08: Named game’s No. 1 star on Jan. 5 at Toronto by setting career highs in saves (54) and shots faced (56) in a single game during a 3-2 victory.

2006-07: Played in his 100th game on March 31 vs. New York Rangers…Win on Jan. 28 at Atlanta ended a 15-game winless streak (0-13-2).

2005-06: T-3rd among rookie NHL goaltenders in wins, the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Ron Hextall won 37 games in 1986-87…Named NHL Defensive Player of the Week for period ending Jan. 8 (shared with Colorado’s David Aebischer) after posting a 3-0- 0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .953 save percentage...Posted an assist on Sami Kapanen’s power play goal on Dec. 8 vs. Edmonton for his first NHL point... Stopped all 28 shots faced and all three Flames shootout attempts to record 1-0 win and first NHL shutout on Dec. 6 vs. Calgary...Olympics: Won silver medal with Finland...Named to media all-star team, best goaltender and tournament most valuable player...Led in goals-against average and save percentage.

2004-05: Fifth in the AHL and set a Phantoms record for most wins in a season...Also among AHL leaders: fourth in minutes and eighth in goals-against average...Ended his three-year Phamtons career with the club’s all-time lowest goals-against average (2.19)...Playoffs: Awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs and helped Phantoms win Calder Cup.

2003-04: Among AHL leaders:  fifth in wins, T-5th in shutouts (seven, also set a club record) and ninth in goals-against average…Tallied an empty net, shorthanded goal in overtime on April 11 at Hershey, becoming the first Phantoms goalie to score a goal…Stopped 19 of 20 shots faced on Feb. 4 vs. Washington to record a 5-1 win in his NHL debut…European Career: Played three seasons for TPS Turku (Finland), posting a 49-20-4 record and 2.13 goals-against average in 80 games…Second in SMLiiga
(Finnish Elite League) in save percentage (.937) and third in goals-against average in 2001-02…Named
Rookie of the Year for 1999-00 with TPS Turku.

Personal: “Nitty” lists these favorites: Jay-Z (musician); “Old School” (movie); “Two-and-a-Half Men” (television show); Will Ferrell (actor); Eva Mendes (actress); Edmonton Oilers (NHL team while growing
up — “Because of their Finnish players”); New York (NHL road city); Manchester United and the New York
Yankees (professional sports teams); international soccer star David Beckham (professional athlete);
Bahamas (vacation spot); Finnish newspaper sites (web sites); cheeseburgers (food); Christmas (holiday)…has a Labrador named Uuno…hobby is playing golf…also likes to play on the Wii with his son…first job: painting roofs with his father…memorable NHL moment: firstgame…always eats salmon on game day…hidden talent: “I can cook pretty good”…speaks Finnish and English…golf handicap is a minus-8…started skating at six and playing hockey at nine…wears Bauer skates, size 9.5…oldest piece of protective gear is his chest protector (four years).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

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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