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04-24-2011, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Tkachuk4MVP View Post
He had a great bounce back game in Game 4, so I wouldn't say he's "failed miserably on both occasions". Bottom line is that Niemi is the better tender, so that's the guy I want in net. He was awful in Game 3 but recovered nicely in Game 4, and I'm not willing to pin Game 5 on him even though it looks bad in the box score. Call me an idiot but I think he'll come back strong again in Game 6 if given the chance.
I am willing to pin game 5 on him. It's not about the stat sheet. It's about his play. The first goal was his fault. Not the goal itself but the spot he put them in by turning the puck over like he did. That started the whole thing off and he was shaky from the get-go. He had three opportunities for saves the entire period on failed on all of them.

My thought process is that game six is the game you can test Niittymaki's play out without it being for all the marbles and he's earned the opportunity. Niemi would only benefit from sitting on the bench for it to reset himself.

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