Found May 08, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
Antti Niemi has been the backbone to the Sharks all season long with exceptional play between the pipes, and now the goalie is being recognized for his efforts. Niemi was named one of this season’s three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the league’s top netminder each year. Along with Niemi, the others who got dap from the NHL’s general managers are Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets (#LUMBUS!) and Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers. Here’s more from David Pollak: Niemi tied for the NHL lead with 24 wins with Lundqvist and Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, and played more minutes — 2,580:46 — than any goalie this season. His 2.16 goals-against average was 10th-best in the league and his .924 save percentage was seventh. Bobrovsky had the best personal stats of the finalists with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, but voters could take into account the fact Columbus missed the playoffs. Lundqvist’s key numbers were a 2.05 goals-against average and .926 s...

Marleau OT goal gives Sharks sweep

Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night. Joe Pavelski scored his second power-play goal of the game to tie it with 4:27 left in regulation. Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who will now get a break before beginning the second...

Sharks F Adam Burish out for 2nd round

The San Jose Sharks will begin the second round of the playoffs somewhat short-handed after losing forward Adam Burish to an undisclosed upper-body injury. Burish got hurt during the team's 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night that wrapped up the first playoff sweep in franchise history. Burish did not return to that game after being slashed by Vancouver...

Marleau, Pavelski lead Sharks into 2nd round

A year after being among the main perpetrators of another playoff failure in San Jose, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski are leading the Sharks back to the second round. Marleau scored the series clincher in overtime against Vancouver on Tuesday night, giving him one goal in all four games of the sweep over the Canucks. Marleau got that overtime chance only because Pavelski scored...

Sharks’ Adam Burish out for 2nd round series

The Sharks don’t know as of yet whom their opponent will be in the Western Conference Semifinals, but they do know they will be short one forward for the entire series. On Thursday the team announced that winger Adam Burish will not play in the next round because of an unspecified upper body injury sustained in the series-clinching Game 4 win over the Canucks on Tuesday. Burish...

In sin bin, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa ridiculed by Sharks fans (video)

The San Jose Sharks mercifully ended the season for the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, completing the series sweep courtesy of a 4-3 overtime victory in front of the hometown fans at HP Pavilion. And while the game was not without controversy — a controversial boarding penalty called on Daniel Sedin (his brother Henrik called the penalty “bulls**t”) led to Patrick Marleau’s...

Sharks Respond to Kevin Bieksa’s Diving Allegations, Wonder If They’ll Be Accused of Biting Next

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and his team have a chance to sweep the Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs Tuesday night in Game 4 of their first-round series. But before the Sharks dispatch the Canucks, McLellan is making sure he can fire some return shots in a developing war of words. The first shot was lobbed Monday afternoon when Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa...

Sharks Second Round Matchup Preview

After a first round sweep of the Vancouver Canucks, the Sharks are resting up as they await their Western Conference Semifinal opponent. With the NHL playoffs being played at a bruising and punishing pace, the one thing the Sharks are absolutely rooting for is that all other Western Conference series to go seven games. As the six seed, San Jose will most likely not have home ice...

Sharks sweep Canucks with 4-3 win in OT

One year after another disappointing early playoff exit, Patrick Marleau gave the San Jose Sharks a new postseason experience. Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Tuesday night. Now instead of facing questions about their playoff fortitude like they did...

You have to love Adam Burish’s candor

This was golden, I know this is a day old but It’s worth the read if you haven’t seen it yet. Former Badger forward and current San Jose Shark Adam Burish responded to Vancouver Canucks defenseman Bieska’s charges that the Sharks were embellishing during their series against the Canucks. On its face, this charge is hilarious, if not preposterous, because the Canucks are known...

Sharks go up 3-0 in series, look to sweep Vancouver Tuesday

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs Sunday in San Jose, and took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the process. The Sharks held a narrow 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. However, that changed quickly when the Sharks added goals by Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau just nine seconds apart early in the third...

San Jose sweeps Vancouver, Sharks head to Western Conference Finals

Bust out the brooms, San Jose fans. You just swept your way to the conference finals.  In an action-packed, back-and-forth slugfest, the San Jose Sharks finished off the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 (OT) on their home ice Tuesday night, and will enjoy a few off days before they face the winner of the Minnesota Wild-Chicago Blackhawks series.  In a game that featured a load of undisciplined...

San Jose Sharks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

The Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in OT with a goal by Patrick Marlene on the power play.  Many questions will now be asked regarding the Canucks. 

Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry talked about the Leafs/Bruins first period, the on-ice officials from the Montreal/Ottawa game last night, the San Jose Sharks, the Islanders and the goalie situation in Vancouver.  

NHL announces Vezina Trophy Finalists

For the first time in NHL history, all of the finalists for the Vezina trophy hail from Europe. The award is handed out to the “best goalie” in the NHL and is voted on by the 30 NHL general managers. This season’s nominees are The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky, the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, and the San Jose Sharks’ Antti Niemi. Both Niemi and Lundqvist...

The Vezina Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (May 8, 2013) -- Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today. Continue reading "The Vezina Trophy Finalists"
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