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07-09-2013, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by WTFetus View Post
I wouldn't even fault him for that 2-1 loss in Game 7. The first goal was a PP goal with a fluke bounce off the boards, and the 2nd goal was just absolute terrible defense by Boyle and Irwin. Irwin gave up the blue-line so easily, and both of them didn't cover the cross-ice pass at all.
Sometimes, the goaltender has to be able to make that save. Especially that first goal...had Niemi been flush against the post that doesn't go in. It wasn't like it was the stanchion-bouncer of Bieksa.

You can kind of lay similar blame at his feet for game 2. If he just makes one save on the late-game powerplays, it goes to OT and maybe the Sharks pull one out.

Don't get me wrong, no blame goes to him in the other two losses, and he was dynamite in the Sharks's wins.

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