Stat Line Of The Night — 11/23/11 — Antti Niemi
Approximately 18 months ago, goaltender Antti Niemi was providing Chicago Blackhawk fans with a great deal of happiness after he helped lead their team to a Stanley Cup title. Last night he was providing Blackhawks fans and players with plenty of frustration, shutting his former team out as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Some may think that after practicing and playing Niemi before, the Blackhawks players would know his weaknesses, but they didn’t have any luck exposing them last night. Instead, it was Niemi who appeared to expose the weaknesses of his former teammates, as he stopped all 34 shots directed his way during the Sharks’ 1-0 victory.
San Jose was was easily the second best team on the ice at the HP Pavilion, but they had the best goalie in Antti Niemi. That would prove to be enough to earn the Sharks the win, and earn Niemi “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, November 23, 2011.