Niemi pulled after first period

Niemi pulled after first period

Posted by TimS on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 23:10
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Antti Niemi’s second straight start didn’t last long. Niemi was pulled after the first period at GM Place Saturday night after allowing 3 goals on 12 shots and replaced by Cristobal Huet. The Hawks trailed 3-0 early in the second period. Niemi didn't get a lot of help from his teammates. Mikael Samuelsson made it 1-0 at 7:19 when nobody bothered to pick him up in the slot. A Brent Seabrook turnover led to Henrik Sedin's goal at 10:21, then an unchecked Steve Bernier scored late at 18:22 on a rebound. It was the first time Niemi made back-to-back starts. It was the third time in 52 games coach Joel Quenneville pulled his starting goaltender. He did it twice previously with Huet.
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