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Niemi is eating Kings' lunch at home

5/27/2013

Antti Niemi made 24 saves, leading the Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Including the regular season, Niemi is a perfect 5-0 this season at home against the Kings. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Los Angeles at 9 ET. This will be the 1st Game 7 the Kings will HOST since 1989.

Western Conference Semifinals – Game 6

Sharks 2, Kings 1 - Series tied 3-3

* Home team has won all 6 games in series

* Sharks: 5-0 at home this postseason

* Joe Thornton (SJ): 2nd goal this postseason (1st on power play)

* T.J. Galiardi (SJ): 1st career postseason goal

* Antti Niemi (SJ): 24 saves; 5-0 at home vs Kings (includes postseason)

* Kings: 5-5 in potential series-clinching games over last 2 postseasons (2-2 on road)

* Dustin Brown (LA): 3rd goal this postseason (13th career)

* Game 7 records: Sharks (5-2), Kings (3-4)

* 2nd career Game 7 for Sharks head coach Todd McLellan (def. Red Wings in 2011)

* 7th career Game 7 for Kings head coach Darryl Sutter (3-3 in previous Game 7s)

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s Game 7, the Sharks own the NHL’s 3rd-best record in Game 7s at 5-2. The Kings are 3-4 in Game 7s. This will be first Game 7 the Kings will HOST since April 15, 1989 (win vs Oilers)

Best Win Pct in Game 7 – All-Time

W-L

Wild1.0002-0

Lightning .7503-1

Sharks .7145-2

Oilers .6676-3

>>Source: Elias Sports Bureau