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Not A Good Start For Niemi In San Jose

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At the time of the signing, GM Doug Wilson cited Niemi as a key reason the Sharks were swept by Chicago in the Western Conference final. Would lightning strike twice for the long-suffering Sharks, who have never advanced to a Cup final let alone won a Stanley Cup, with Niemi in the fold? Well, so far it’s been more charred rubble than lightning as Niemi has been a major disappointment through the first couple of weeks of the season.

Niemi has lost three straight and lasted just 8:36 on Sunday as the Calgary Flames poured three past him in less than half a period. Overall, Niemi’s numbers look like this: 1-3 record, .854 save percentage and 4.49 GAA. In short, it looks like Antero Niittymaki may end up winning the starting job in San Jose by default.

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Primis's avatar

Yup it’s all the goalie’s fault.

SJ’s continued ABYSMAL defensive corps couldn’t possibly have ANYTHING to do with it after all…

Posted by Primis on 10/25/10 at 04:30 PM ET

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They will find out very soon that it’s not the goalie, because I think NIittymaki is going to get more starts.  Niemi played the first two games after the Sharks returned from Europe, and then the 2nd game of a back-to-back on the road.

Posted by Kel on 10/25/10 at 04:54 PM ET

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in my own humble opinion, fleury took the “worst goalie to win the cup” title from osgood in 2009, only to have niemi take ownership of it a year later.

i agree that the goals have not all been his fault, but i think all the people who called niemi ‘over rated’ are being proved right.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 10/25/10 at 05:05 PM ET

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If the guppies think Niemi is the final pioece to get them over the top, then they havn’t a clue.  Niemi was the luckiest goalie in the league to have a defenseive corps like that playing in front of him, shutting down most quality chances and clearing his terrible rebounds.  Even a depleted Chicago kept the core of their defense and has a better chance at repeating this season then the Sharks have of “finally” living up to their hype.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 10/25/10 at 08:03 PM ET

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