Antti Niemi RUMORS & NEWS

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

    CSN Bay Area "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..." April 16

  • Sharks' Niemi 'not tired,' says McLellan

    CSN Bay Area "Antti Niemi has started 15 of the Sharks’ 16 games, and is second in the NHL in minutes played. He started the season with a 9-1-1 record, 1.53 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, but in his last four games, he's 0-1-3 with a 4.09 GAA and .842 SP. He’s also allowed some goals..." November 09

  • Sharks goalie Antti Niemi opens with confidence

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks goalie Antti Niemi showed up at training camp this season feeling better about his play than he did at the start of the last one. Career-best stats recognition as a Vezina Trophy finalist and consideration for Team Finland in the 2014 Winter Olympics will do that for your self-esteem...." September 26

  • Bobrovsky, Lundqvist, Niemi named Vezina finalists

    NHL.com "Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks have been named finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy, awarded annually "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as voted by the general managers of the..." May 08

  • Antti Niemi the reason behind San Jose Sharks' resurgence

    San Jose Mercury News "Antti Niemi had just made 41 saves, then stopped the puck three more times for good measure in a shootout win. So, it was appropriate for Sharks captain Joe Thornton to gush about his goaltender. "You've been watching the same as us. He's been great for a long time. Last night he was great,..." April 18

  • Lupul, Niemi, Hall named 'Three Stars' of week

    NHL.com "Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul, San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 31. Lupul led the League with nine points in four games and also tied for first with five goals,..." April 01

  • Antti Niemi stands tall in goal for San Jose Sharks in Game One win over Blues

    San Jose Mercury News "If Sharks goalie Antti Niemi derived any vindication or even satisfaction Thursday night, he refused to let it show. Niemi stopped 40 of 42 shots by the St. Louis Blues allowing the Sharks to win Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals 3-2 in two overtimes. The game was a microcosm of..." April 13

  • Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi faces a big challenge against Blues

    San Jose Mercury News "Antti Niemi looked around the Chicago Blackhawks locker room and wanted to hide. In his NHL playoff debut two years ago, Niemi gave up a soft third-period goal that opened the floodgates in a 4-1 loss to Nashville to start the postseason. As the 26-year-old rookie from Finland sat there, Niemi..." April 11

  • As a Hawk-turned-Shark, Antti Niemi has become a horse

    Chicago Sun-Times "Initially, it wasn't easy crossing sides in a growing rivalry. It also has been an adjustment going from a traditional hockey market in Chicago to California's Bay Area, where the scrutiny and attention aren't as intense. But Antti Niemi hasn't changed much. He's remembered in Chicago as a..." February 11

  • Blackhawks fall to Niemi, Sharks 1-0

    Chicago Tribune "After two dismal performances, the Blackhawks pulled off a moral victory Wednesday night against the Sharks. An actual win would have been preferred and quite a bit more beneficial to the standings, but the Hawks couldn't get it as they weren't able to solve goaltender Antti Niemi in a 1-0..." November 24

  • Finnish foes, Sharks' Antti Niemi and Predators' Pekka Rinne, are strangers away from ice

    San Jose Mercury News "It can be easy to assume that NHL players who emerge from the assembly line of the Finland goalie factory would know each other well. But that often isn't the case and won't be Tuesday night, when the Sharks and Nashville Predators square off with Antti Niemi in net for the visitors and Pekka..." October 25

  • Douglas Murray and Antti Niemi get the day off and the Sharks get ready for that long, long road trip

    San Jose Mercury News "DP gets a maintenance day from Working The Corners. So it's back to the fourth-line grinder. And "maintenance days" also were awarded to defenseman Douglas Murray and goaltender Antti Niemi Tuesday. But Sharks coach Todd McLellan said both are fine, health-wise, and should be ready to play..." October 19

  • Sharks goalie Antti Niemi likely to get his first start of the season against Ducks

    San Jose Mercury News "Goaltending has not been an issue as the Sharks dropped two of their first three games, but look for Antti Niemi -- not Thomas Greiss -- to lead the Sharks out of the locker room Monday night for San Jose's rematch with the Anaheim Ducks. "There's a real good chance that Nemo gets his first..." October 17

  • Niemi playing like a champion again

    Chicago Tribune "Antti Niemi didn't know quite what to make of the sight of a jubilant Patrick Kane racing toward him down the ice that summer night in Philadelphia, all the while flinging equipment into the air before jumping into the then-Blackhawks goaltender's arms. A stunned Niemi held his ground with his..." May 11

  • Niemi deserves some blame, but not all

    San Jose Mercury News "The puck is supposed to stop here: At Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi's stick, glove and pads. Instead, he let three of six shots slip past him in the third period Sunday night, allowing the Detroit Red Wings to stave off elimination and score a 4-3 comeback victory in Game 5 of the Western..." May 09

  • Against the Red Wings, Niemi becomes the goalie the Sharks expected him to be

    San Jose Mercury News "Antti Niemi, the Sharks goalie, says there are two usual questions that people ask when they hear he is from Finland. "They want to know if we have McDonald's there," Niemi said. (Answer: Yes.) "And they want to know if you can go skiing in the summer where I live," Niemi..." May 06

  • Sharks' Antti Niemi winning battle in goal vs. Red Wings

    Detroit Free Press "Amnesia remains a goalie's best friend. It's now forgotten that Antti Niemi got yanked multiple times in the Sharks' first-round series against Los Angeles. Some thought he would be a serious liability against the Red Wings, his confidence lacking along with his save percentage. Niemi and Jimmy..." May 02

  • Sharks happy with Niemi's performance

    San Francisco Chronicle "Antti Niemi was the focal point of Game 6 going into the evening at Staples Center, and although he allowed three goals, all on rebounds, that was a vast improvement on the goalie's previous start for the Sharks. "He's always ready," forward Dany Heatley said. "In such a big game, he came up..." April 26

  • In Niemi, Sharks have the goalie they need

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks know what they have in Antti Niemi, and know what they can count on, which might make all the difference for them. There are no mysteries with this goaltender in this situation. No guesses, hypotheses and meaningful shrugs. They know he will work hard -- yes, there he was out on..." April 23

  • Sharks leaning toward Antti Niemi in goal

    San Jose Mercury News "In the wake of his team's historically improbable 6-5 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Sharks coach Todd McLellan stopped short of a definitive answer Wednesday to the biggest question of the day. Who gets the start in goal Thursday night for Game 4 of this first-round playoff..." April 21

  • Niemi pulled after giving up four goals

    Chicago Sun-Times "Blackhawks fans don't need to be told what Antti ­Niemi can mean to a team. Neither do San Jose Sharks fans, for that matter. The former Hawks goalie, who joined San Jose in the offseason after the Hawks declined to match his arbitration award, derailed the Sharks' postseason last year with..." March 15

  • Finn not so fantastic this time against Hawks

    Chicago Tribune "During the first period of the Blackhawks' 6-3 victory Monday night over the Sharks at the United Center, the Jumbotron played a video tribute to last year's Western Conference finals clincher over San Jose. Antti Niemi, who glanced at the highlights from his spot in the Sharks' net, played a..." March 15

  • Goalie Antti Niemi is finding his way in San Jose

    San Jose Mercury News "Antti Niemi is in control of the Sharks' net more than ever. Those are his red pipes to tap with his stick before periods. That is his powder-blue crease to carve up after a Zamboni buffing. This is not a one-season-and-done run anymore. If Sharks fans weren't sure whether to embrace..." March 03

  • Antti Niemi and San Jose Sharks are beginning to mesh

    San Jose Mercury News "The question comes at almost every stop on the road, and it probably will surface again Friday as the Sharks prepare to face the Calgary Flames. Somebody will ask Todd McLellan if Antti Niemi is the same goaltender right now who frustrated the Sharks last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks..." February 25

  • Antti Niemi's big save seals San Jose Sharks' win over Detroit Red Wings

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks needed to be at their best at both ends of the ice Tuesday night to beat the Detroit Red Wings. Two goals from the suddenly red-hot Devin Setoguchi and one each from Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe provided just enough offense in a 4-3 victory, the Sharks' fourth in a row. San Jose is..." February 23

  • Sharks beat Capitals as Niemi posts second straight shutout

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks have come up with a postgame ritual, the passing of a miniature baseball bat to the player judged by his teammates to have made the key contributions to victory. Tuesday, after a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals that made San Jose 8-0-1 over the past nine games and 3-0 on this..." February 09

  • Antti Niemi emerging as Sharks' 'go-to guy' in goal

    San Jose Mercury News "Even before training camp began last fall, the Sharks had their goaltending story -- and they've stuck to it. We have two strong goaltenders in Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki. Both are No. 1 goalies. One is not above the other. But if you have been paying attention to playing time, it..." February 01

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