Open Post- Day 2, Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tonight should be another great night to settle in and watch some playoff hockey. The Blues will be without  T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund, the Flyers are starting Ray Emery and their #1 goaltender Steve Mason will join the Flyers in NYC tomorrow but is still questionable for game 2. Also, there was some question of the starting goaltender for San Jose and this morning the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Niemi doesn't know if he's starting Sharks' playoff opener

Antti Niemi said on Tuesday that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to be the man between the pipes for Thursday’s playoff opener against Los Angeles. But, just like he has all season, he’ll prepare as if he’s getting the call. "Either way, you've got to prepare yourself to be ready to play,” he said. “So, I do anything I would (normally do). Just like in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

First Round Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

With the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs less than 24 hours away, its time for me to reveal my picks for the 1st round. My bold prediction is, a #1 seed will go down in the 1st round, and which one I am picking may surprise you. Onto the picks we go. We'll start with the Western Conference, since I'm sick of the East coast bias.   Western Conference - Pacific Division ...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eight Storylines For The Playoffs

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, A welcome Bryz Ilya Bryzgalov was on the NHL scrap-heap last fall after being bought out by Philadelphia, where he failed to stabilize the Flyers’ goaltending. In October, he tried out with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers; a month later the Edmonton Oilers took a chance and signed him to a contract. Going nowhere, the Oilers flipped...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Short Notes From LeBrun

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, - Interesting to see how many people viewed home ice swinging from the Montreal Canadiens to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the determining factor in picking the Lightning over the Habs in seven games, instead of likely picking Montreal had it held on to home ice. There's no question the Bell Centre is an X factor when it comes to the postseason,...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks beat Phoenix Coyotes in regular-season finale

Joe Pavelski reached the 40-goal milestone, then added one for good measure. Antti Niemi made 30 saves and gave up fewer goals than he had in four of his past five starts. Oh, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night to head into the playoffs on a two-game winning streak. Not a gem by any means, but all in all, not a bad way to end a regular season that saw...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks Lose Bid For Division Title

Scrambling to tie the game from two points behind in the last period, the San Jose Sharks saw the title taken from them after losing to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. The loss against Anaheim enabled the Ducks to clinch the Pacific Division Title for the second straight year. The loss has created a first round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Kings. Unfortunately, the Sharks have...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Soft Goals An Issue For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News, Players rarely talk about giving up soft goals because that pretty much reflects on the man in the pads who was the last line of defense. But they used that term Wednesday night after the Sharks lost 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks and no one would challenge the usage. The Sharks played well, undermined by three goals...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Latest Surrounding the Kings

The Kings suffered their second loss in their last three outings Thursday with 2-1 reversal in San Jose. Two players hit milestones for the visitors as Anze Kopitar played his 600th regular season game and Matt Greene suited up for his 500th regular season encounter. The visitors went in front just 3.36 into the opening period. Alec Martinez got off a shot that first deflected of...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks edge Los Angeles Kings in possible playoff matchup

Should the Sharks meet the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs, San Jose probably won't complain if Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of what to expect. Not after a 2-1 victory over the Kings in a tightly played, hard-hitting contest that closely resembled the physical brand of hockey the two teams have been playing against each other for the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharks beat Kings in possible playoff preview

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored second-period goals and the San Jose Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night. Antti Niemi made 26 saves and the Sharks overcame a first-period deficit to move within a point of Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Battle In The Pacific

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, In the battle to win the Pacific Division and avoid the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round as a result, San Jose hit a bump Thursday night in a 4-3 home loss to Winnipeg in which Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was not at his best. The Sharks had a chance to widen their lead over Anaheim to four points, but instead it's just two points with...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

There could be a storm brewing for the San Jose Sharks

Seriously, the San Jose Sharks are way too hot right now. Currently, the Sharks are on a six-game win streak and are tied with the Anaheim Ducks as leaders of the Pacific Division. Who exactly have the Sharks beaten? In six games, they have taken down three playoff-contending teams. Most notably, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Also, Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (who I spent my last week...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers-Sharks game preview

Time: 10:30 p.m. TV: FOX Sports Florida The San Jose Sharks are on their fourth run of six straight wins this season. In each previous opportunity, a playoff contender denied them a seventh victory in a row. They figure to fare better with the league's best home-ice advantage Tuesday night against the struggling Florida Panthers. San Jose (45-17-7) last won seven straight March...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 17, 2014) – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 16. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Niemi finding his game at the right time for Sharks

It’s not often the Sharks need their goaltender to bail them out. A deep offensive attack combined with responsible play in their own zone is why they are once again challenging for the President’s Trophy for most points in the league. On Sunday, though, they needed Antti Niemi to stand tall, as a fatigued group playing its third road game in four days was not at the top of...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks 1, Rangers 0

Box Score Tough luck loss. Give credit to Antti Niemi and his 41 saves. Came up huge in the face of pressure during the first period. Rangers showed that they are capable of playing up to one of the best teams in the league. Just couldn’t finish. The Rangers outplayed San Jose for most of, if not all of the first and came out firing 20 shots on Niemi right out of the gate. Brassard...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Before the CBJ puck drops: San Jose Sharks

GAME 66: San Jose Sharks 42-17-7 -- 2nd place in the Pacific Division 7-2-1 in last 10 games SCORING RANKINGS San Jose Goals for: 2.97 goals/game - 7th in the NHL Goals against: 2.33 goals/game - 4th Columbus Goals for: 2.86 goals/game - 8th in the NHL Goals against: 2.74 goals/game - 17th SINCE WE LAST MET (on February 7th): In the only meeting of the season between the two teams...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks: This town may not be big enough for the both of us

San Jose Sharks: This town may not be big enough for the both of usAntti Niemi first signed with the San Jose Sharks in 2010. He was 26 years old at the time and was the proud owner of one Stanley Cup title from the year before. Upon his arrival, Niemi understood the situation that the Sharks were putting him in. He would be replacing the best goalie in Sharks’ history: Evgeni...
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks shut out Canadiens

Going into the stretch drive and beyond, the Sharks need Antti Niemi to show more of the steady play that made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last year. Maybe they just need more games against the Montreal Canadiens. For the second time this season, Niemi shut out Montreal, and this time it was a 4-0 victory that featured the kind of secondary scoring any NHL team is looking...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Cordell: Game 62: Devils Look For Third Consecutive Win As They Host The Sharks

Match-up - San Jose Sharks (38-17-6) @ New Jersey Devils (26-22-13) Road/Home records - 16-13-3 -------------- 14-7-7 TV - MSG, CSN-CA Puck drop - 3:00 p.m. ET Season series - Sharks lead 1-0 Last 10: Sharks 5-5-0 | Devils 5-3-2 Projected starting goalies - Antti Niemi vs Cory Schneider Projected lines for the Sharks: Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns Patrick...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Niemi Relegated to Third String?

The Finnish coaches appear untrustworthy of Antti Niemi
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Sochi Olympics: Goalie Rankings

Here are my 2014 Sochi Olympic goalie rankings: 1. Finland Tuukka Rask Kari Lehtonen Antti Niemi 2. Sweden Henrik Lundqvist Jonas Gustavsson Jhonas Enroth 3. United States Ryan Miller Jonathan Quick Jimmy Howard 4. Russia Semyon Varlamov Sergei Bobrovsky Alexander Yeryomenko 5. Canada Roberto Luongo Carey Price Mike Smith 6. Switzerland Jonas Hiller Reto Berra Tobias Stephan 7.
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Finland’s Hockey Team Has Formed A Formidable Bicycle Gang In Sochi

The men’s hockey tournament in Sochi isn’t set to get underway until later this week, so the players at the Winter Games have to keep themselves busy until they hit the ice in pursuit of gold. For Team Finland, they’re passing the time by cruising around the Olympic village in goofy matching blue bikes. Here’s NHL vet Olli Jokinen of the Winnipeg Jets just killing it in his...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Goalies At The Winter Olympics

Tim Wharnsby of CBC lists the top 10 goalies in Sochi, here are 7-10... - Antti Niemi, Finland – He’s tied with Price for the most starts this season at 47 and simply wins and wins and wins for San Jose. - Jonathan Quick, United States – He hasn’t been as good since he returned from his serious groin injury. His has lost five of his last since for Los Angeles and...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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