2013 NHL Playoffs: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks Force Game 7

By Greg Higgins
Antii Niemi San Jose Sharks
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From the opening face off in Game 6, it was obvious the San Jose Sharks wanted to play a Game 7. They stayed one step ahead of the Los Angeles Kings the entire game. They built a two-goal lead in the first period thanks to Joe Thornton and T.J. Galiardi and goalie Antti Niemi made it stand as he stopped 24 shots. San Jose was aided by two first period shots from the Kings that went off the crossbar behind Niemi. With the 2-1 victory, San Jose forces a Game 7 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

It’s only fitting this series goes seven games. Its been competitive and entertaining for the fans to watch. Each team has held home ice during the series. This bodes well for the Kings as they will be hosting Game 7. If there’s ever a game for the road team to win, it will be Game 7 and the Sharks will hope to do just that. If Niemi can play like he did in Game 6, they have a great chance to move on to the Western Conference Finals.

The Kings will look at missed opportunities in Game 6 and know they should have possibly won the game. As mentioned before, two shots clanked off the iron behind the San Jose goalie and a five on three power plays aided in the first goal for the Sharks. In order for the Kings to get past San Jose and have a chance to repeat as champions, they are going to have to eliminate the mistakes. Jonathan Quick had another stellar game between the pipes for the Kings, but in the end it wasn’t good enough as the offense in front of him couldn’t beat his counterpart. Game 7 should be must-see-TV and if it’s like the other games in this series, fans will not be disappointed.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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