Blackhawks Niemi makes save against Bruins in Chicago
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi (L) makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during the shootout at the United Center in Chicago on December 18, 2009. The Blackhawks won 5-4 in a shootout. UPI/Brian Kersey
Antti Niemi was solid in goal for the San Jose Sharks, who evened their Western Conference semifinals series with Los Angeles with a 2-1 win in Game 4 Tuesday.
Logan Couture scored 1:29 into overtime Saturday and San Jose pulled out a 2-1 win over Los Angeles, taking Game 3 of their Western Conference series.
Power play goals by Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis in the final 2 minutes Thursday rallied Los Angeles to an unlikely 4-3 victory over San Jose.
Columbus's Sergei Bobrovsky, the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose's Antti Niemi are the finalists for the award given the NHL's top goaltender.
The San Jose Sharks clinched their Western Conference quarterfinals series Tuesday with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Logan Couture scored two goals and added two assists Sunday, propelling the San Jose over Vancouver 5-2 for a commanding 3-0 playoff series lead.
Raffi Torres scored 5:31 into overtime Friday, giving San Jose a 3-2 win over Vancouver that put the Sharks in control of their playoff series.
Dan Boyle broke a third-period tie Wednesday, igniting San Jose to a 3-1 win over Vancouver in the opener of their conference quarterfinal series.
Jonathan Quick made 23 saves Saturday and the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up the fifth seed in Western Conference with a 3-2 victory over San Jose.
Two quick third-period goals Tuesday put the San Jose Sharks into the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.