Niemi, Sharks Sent Packing: Antti Niemi allowed two goals -- both by Justin Williams, less than three minutes apart -- on 18 shots in Tuesday's Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Kings. (Updated 5/28/13)
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Sharks fans looking to point fingers following the team's elimination shouldn't look at Antti Niemi, as the Finnish netminder had a terrific playoffs, allowing less than two goals per game. Unfortunately, the San Jose offense could find neither consistency nor explosiveness against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. (Updated 5/28/13).
05/28/2013 23:51 Williams' two goals lead Kings back to West finals
Justin Williams scored two goals in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 on Tuesday night.
05/28/2013 18:07 Sharks' Niemi Slated To Start Tuesday
Niemi is in line to start Tuesday's Game 7 against the Kings, NHL.com reports.Niemi has started every game in the playoffs for the Sharks, and has only allowed five goals in the last four games.
Is Antti Niemi the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy goalies? He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago, but the team cut him loose following an arbitration battle. Yet, all he's done in San Jose is go 69-40-15 with 12 shutouts and a great goals-against average and save percentage. But, questions still remain about Niemi's workload and whether he can truly carry an NHL team. So what's the truth? His butterfly is tidy and he covers the bottom of the net well. Sure, he still struggles with rebounds and sometimes overplays the puck. However, he's poised, sneakily athletic and surprisingly quick, and he's a real battler -- he's not really going to pinch many stinkers on you. Still, we can think of at least 15 guys we'd take ahead of him in a standard, single-year draft, so that means he shouldn't be your top guy in a 12-team league, but Niemi makes an outstanding number two netminder in a two-goalie league. (Updated 8/14/12)