Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win past Los Angeles Wednesday night in Game 3 of the playoff series.

Niemi has all San Jose wins in the postseason, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. Niemi now has a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in the postseason.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

Antti Niemi turned aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced as he and the San Jose Sharks crushed the visiting Los Angeles Kings 7-2 Sunday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, and have thoroughly dominated. They won Game 1 6-3. Niemi has both San Jose wins in the post-season, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. His GAA after the two postseason games this year is 2.50 and his save percentage, .917.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

San Jose goalie Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds Thursday to show that he was on his game.

Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter had sneaked past the San Jose defense and was alone for the first shot of Game 1, only to have Niemi get a piece of the puck. A quality scoring chance but no goal. "It was a pretty huge save," Sharks center James Sheppard said. "That's a puck that could easily have went in, and that's 18 seconds into a series. So when I saw it, I was pretty happy. I knew he was going to be there -- not that I had any doubts." Sheppard might not have had any doubts, but others did. Niemi had faltered at times down the stretch, while rookie backup Alex Stalock was more consistent. Coach Todd McLellan added to the drama by not publicly naming his starter until game day. Thursday, Niemi rewarded his team's faith, stopping the first 19 shots he faced before giving up three goals in the third period after the Sharks had built a 5-0 lead. And none of those Los Angeles goals could be categorized as softies in what ended up as a 6-3 win for San Jose.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.

Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

Antti Niemi will start in Game 1 against Los Angeles.

The Sharks made some waves when they didn't immediately name their starter for Thursday's playoff opener, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Niemi will get the nod.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

The San Jose Sharks aren't naming their starting goaltender for Game 1.

The fact that it's even possible that backup goalie Alex Stalock might start over Antti Niemi is telling. Niemi dropped off from his superb 2013 numbers with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage in 64 games this season.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks record a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.

Niemi ends his regular season impressively, with a record of 39-17-7, a GAA of 2.39 and a save percentage of .913. San Jose will face the Los Angeles Kings in a Western Conference first round matchup in the coming week. The Sharks-Kings series will be a rematch of a 2013 Western Conference Semifinal that the Kings won in seven games.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Months

Antti Niemi let in three goals on only 19 shots in San Jose's 5-2 loss to Anaheim Wednesday night.

Niemi allowed some soft goals and he was replaced by Alex Stalock in the second period. Stalock stopped 9 of 10 shots he faced. Niemi now has a 38-17-7 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

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Antti Niemi gave up three goals in San Jose's 3-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday night.

Niemi kicked away only 21 shots on the night. While he has the second-most wins in the league (38), his rates don't really stand out: 2.37 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. San Jose has 107 points, good for third in the West.

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Antti Niemi turned aside 26 of 27 shots in San Jose's 2-1 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.

Niemi played a very good game and the Sharks was able to beat the Kings. He now has a 38-15-7 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.