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 CSNBayArea.com. “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.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.