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Sharks' Niemi gets the benefit of doubt

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Antti Niemi has a Stanley Cup and the benefit of the doubt. Roberto Luongo only seems to have doubters.

As the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks prepared for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday, the questions about their respective goaltenders made it hard to tell which team won the series opener on Sunday.

Niemi was on the hook for the 3-2 loss after the Sharks blew a third-period lead. But most of the questions focused on his unflappable personality, a 6-0 record in playoff series, and the likelihood he would again bounce back.

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