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04-24-2011, 01:50 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.
Go back and re-watch game 4. There was a play at the side of the net at one point where it took Niemi almost a full 10 secs to recover and get back to position. He was struggling to get to his feet. It did not result in a goal against as the Sharks kept the play to the outside for the whole time, but it was a big telltale about issues. Niemi is definitely better than Nitty at this point over the long haul particularly with Nitty's chronic health issues, but Niemi is off . . . way off.

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