SAN JOSE, Calif.
– San Jose Sharks
coach Todd McLellan
put a quick end Sunday to a potential goaltender controversy.
Less than 24 hours after pulling Antti Niemi
for backup Antero Niittymaki
early in the first period of a 3-1 Game 5 loss to the Kings, McLellan said Niemi will be in net for Game 6 Monday night in Los Angeles.
"Well, he is our guy," McLellan said. "He's had a bounce-back game already, played extremely well the night after getting hooked. I didn't think we did a lot to help him. I think we addressed that yesterday after the game. Goal 1, double deflection. Goal 2, turnover, he makes the initial save. Goal 3, probably could have had. But he's ready to go back in and we have a ton of confidence in him."
Niemi gave up three goals in less than nine minutes on just four Kings shots Saturday at HP Pavilion earning an early exit. When he came to work Sunday, Niemi watched the "short" videotape of that disaster.