Antti Niemi

Niemi makes Sharks history with back-to-back shutouts


No goalie in the history of the San Jose Sharks had registered a shutout one night, then done it again the very next night.

Antti Niemi changed that on Wednesday and Thursday, blanking the Ducks and Red Wings, respectively.

More importantly, Niemi helped the Sharks get a bit more comfortable in the standings. San Jose now sits seventh in the Western Conference, four points up on ninth-place Nashville.

“I felt good after [Wednesday] night,” Niemi said after stopping all 27 Detroit shots, per “I thought I was able to be real patient today, wait for pucks, and then react. I wasn’t cheating or expecting anything else, I was just reading the play. That’s a confidence thing, for sure.”

With four wins in five games, San Jose appears to have turned its season around. The Sharks had just five wins in their previous 21 games — a slump that, by the way, came after a perfect 7-0-0 start.

San Jose hosts Phoenix Saturday.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.