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Sharks have goaltender questions while Kings have Quick heading into playoff rematch

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sharks have goaltender questions while Kings have Quick heading into playoff rematch

SAN JOSE, Calif. - For more than a decade there have been no questions about who will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks come playoff time.

Whether it was Evgeni Nabokov or Antti Niemi, the Sharks have had a clear-cut No. 1 goalie and stuck with him through good and bad.

That could change this year as coach Todd McLellan has yet to commit publicly to either Niemi or Alex Stalock for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

While Niemi started 64 games in the regular season, Stalock put up better numbers, especially down the stretch. That led to questions about whether Niemi will start the opener and whether McLellan will stick with him if he struggles at all against the Kings.

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday