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Niemi gave up five goals, including two comeback tallies late in the third period, on 34 shots Tuesday, but held on to beat the Capitals in a shootout.

Niemi did stop all three shootout attempts. It's still a far cry from the shutout he posted in his first start this year, but at least Niemi was able to salvage a win. The Sharks jumped him out to a 3-0 first-period lead and led 5-3 with six minutes left in the third period, but late goals by Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer made it an overtime affair.

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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Tuesday against Washington, reports.

Neither Niemi nor Alex Stalock was able to gain much ground in their competition for the top goalie job last week, as turned in impressive shutouts in their lone starts. A road test against an improved Capitals team offers an excellent opportunity for Niemi to stake a stronger claim to the No. 1 gig, but he'll need Stalock to flop in his subsequent outings as well.

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Niemi turned aside all 34 shots he faced Wednesday, shutting out the Kings 4-0.

Spoiling L.A.'s Stnaley Cup banner-raising ceremony on opening night, this was the best possible revenge for the Sharks after they infamously coughed up a 3-0 series lead to the Kings in last year's playoffs. Furthermore, if Niemi can string together a few more quality starts like this, he should be able to distance himself from backup Alex Stalock for San Jose's starting gig.

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Coach Todd McLellan has remained non-committal in announcing Niemi as his starter in goal for Wednesday's season opener against the Kings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Though Niemi is still generally expected to slot in between the pipes Wednesday night, McLellan's reluctance to declare him as the Sharks' No. 1 suggests a true timeshare with Alex Stalock could be in the works to begin the season. Niemi turned in a respectable preseason, posting a 2.23 GAA and a .916 save percentage, but Stalock supplied even stronger numbers (1.59, .921). It may take awhile for a clear starter to emerge this season, but whomever does should hold ample fantasy value behind an excellent offense and acceptable defense.

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Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday that Niemi and Alex Stalock will both receive long looks in the preseason as he aims to settle on a No. 1 goaltender heading into the Oct. 8 opener, reports.

Niemi has been the unquestioned No. 1 for the Sharks since joining the Sharks prior to the 2010-11 season, but his grip on the gig loosened last season after he regressed to a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage over 64 starts. In the face of the 31-year-old's decline, Stalock took a huge step forward, going 12-5-2 with a 1.87 GAA, a performance that earned him more frequent starts down the stretch for the Sharks. Niemi's longer track record of success as well as his larger contract probably gives him the inside edge on claiming the gig, but he'll still need to play soundly in training camp before McLellan anoints him as the team's No. 1.

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There's speculation that the San Jose Sharks will unload goaltender Antti Niemi.

Niemi's inconsistent regular season carried over into the playoffs, and while there is a long list of San Jose players to blame for the so-called reverse sweep by the Kings, the performance in net from Niemi is near the top. Niemi finished with a 3-3 record in the seven-game, first-round series. He had a 3.74 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, but his career playoff numbers (2.74 GAA, .907 SP in 62 games) are below average when compared to many top goaltenders. Niemi was pulled in Games 4 and 5 against the Kings, while Alex Stalock looked good in relief. He started Game 6. In his first full NHL season, Stalock was 12-5-2 with a 1.87 GAA and .932 SP in the regular season. He was solid in the playoffs. At 26, he could be the Kings' goalie of the future, meaning Niemi could be out of San Jose pretty soon.

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Antti Niemi let in three goals on 28 shots in San Jose's 5-1 loss to Los Angeles in Game 7 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night.

You can't blame Niemi for the loss, because the Kings scored some nice goals and two of those five goals was scored in empty net. Niemi had a difficult postseason with a 3.74 goals-against average and .884 save percentage in six games. He played a solid regular season, but the Sharks needed more from him in the postseason.

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Antti Niemi is expected to start in Game 7 on Wednesday.

That's according to Joe Thornton. Niemi didn't start in Game 6, but his replacement, Alex Stalock, stopped just 26 of 30 shots in that contest. Niemi has an ugly 3.90 GAA and .882 save percentage in five games in the playoffs.

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The biggest question going into Wednesday night's trio of Game 7's is who will get the start in the Sharks' goal, as both Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock have struggled through Games 4, 5 and 6.

Niemi won a Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Blackhawks, has 35 career playoff victories and a 1-1 record in Game 7's. Stalock, of course, started his first career NHL playoff game on Monday and allowed four goals on 30 shots, although stopped all 26 shots he faced relieving Niemi in Games 4 and 5 combined.

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Antti Niemi was pulled in Game 5 against the Kings, the second straight time he's been yanked in the first-round series.

Niemi gave up three goals on 19 shots, getting pulled 22 seconds into the second period. He allowed five goals in a Game 4 loss, lasting just over two periods then. Niemi entered the game with a 3.45 goals-against average and .889 save percentage. Alex Stalock came in to relieve him.