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Sharks’ Stalock could get start in Game 6

Apr 28, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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San Jose Sharks starting goalie Antti Niemi has had a rough go of things in the past two games against the Los Angeles Kings. He’s been pulled in each game and the Kings have come away with victories and now he may not get the call in Game 6.

As Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com shares, backup goalie Alex Stalock may get the call to start on Monday night against the Kings.

We’ve got to talk about that yet [Sunday],” Todd McLellan said. “We’ll make a decision and let him know when it’s time.

Stalock has stopped all 26 shots he’s seen in his two games of relief work. Niemi has had a harder time allowing 16 goals in the series and eight in the past two games.

The Sharks still hold a 3-2 lead in the series, but after dominating the Kings in the first three games, things have gone sideways quickly in Games 4 and 5. San Jose has been itching to end the series as quickly as possible, but the Kings aren’t going away quietly or at all. Giving Stalock the start in Game 6 may be McLellan’s one move to get the team back on point.

  1. antkowiak666 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I would favor this move.The Sharks need a spark and this could be it.They love Stalock after all he’s been through.Plus he moves the puck really well and the Kings will have to respect that.

  2. sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    the headline should say “Stalock should start for the Sharks”
    Niemi has not been that good even when they won the first 3
    Going to be tough to get a win tonight
    Go Sharks !
    “finish him Rock “

    • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      No, actually the headline should read …

      “LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL !!! … GO KINGS GO !!!”

      • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        uh no…… Sharks will get it done just a matter of when. Been a series tho, when it started it didn’t look good but the kings are too good of a team to not make it a series. Go Sharks Go !

      • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        btw you only appear after a win ? a lot of people were wondering where you were after games 1-3 ?

      • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        That’s correct Sharkman. I indeed did ‘not’ post after the first 2 games of this series, as I was ‘shocked, hurt and saddened’ just like any other Kings fan who ‘truly’ cares (ie: in my case I’ve been supporting the cause since 1973). What’s hypocritical and pathetic however, are all of the jerks who constantly complain about me being on every single post here at PHT (absolute rubbish), yet they start whining about ‘where’s Blomfeld’ the minute I go into ‘electronic’ mourning ? Very sad, yet very ‘consistent with the behavior of vermin.

      • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        I do agree with you about rooting for your team … I actually have friends that are kings fans (sssshhhhhh) and since I am also a Raider fan I know real pain lol
        I don’t go for the name calling and all the bs that goes on
        but I wont bash anyone for rooting for their team
        bandwagon fans are the worst
        still think the sharks will get it done but I will be scared if they loose tonight

  3. earpaniac - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    The Sharks couldn’t possibly blow this (again), could they?

    • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      ohhh they could. Sometimes it is hard to watch sports lol
      I mean how do you think dallas fans feel right now ? that was very hard to watch last night
      2 goals in 2:30 sec ouch (right around that)
      after leading the entire game to give it up hurts
      (like last year game 2 vs the kings – sharks did the same)
      You just have to keep the faith and keep rooting for your team
      Go Sharks !

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Sharks NEED to start him. Bottom line.

  5. schusters3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    If they start Stalock in game 6 and lose, what do you do for game 7? A crushed Niemi?

    • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      that’s why I am not a coach lol

  6. joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    No way. Gotta go with Niemi. Losing with a $3.8 million guy on the bunch is look shooting yourself in the foot.

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