Quennville Gives Niemi The Nod For Third Straight Game

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2010

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 10: Antti Niemi #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks reaches out to make a save in the third period as teammate Brent Seabrook #7 defends against James Neal #18 of the Dallas Stars at the United Center on February 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 4-3 in a shoot out. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Blackhawks' coach, Joel Quennville, announced Friday afternoon that goaltender, Antti Niemi will be getting his third straight start against the Atlanta Thrashers Saturday night. 

"He's coming off a couple of strong wins," Quenneville said after practice on Friday. "He's got some momentum in his game right now. Let's keep it going."

Niemi has been great in goal recently for the Hawks, beating both St. Louis 2-1 and Dallas 4-3 in a shootout. It'll be another great chance for the youngster to further prove he is the goalie for the Hawks in the future. This is the first time Niemi has started three games in a row. 

The Hawks' goaltending has been one of the many reasons the Hawks find themselves perched in 2nd place in the Western Conference. Recent struggles by Hawks' goaltender Cristobal Huet has lead to many fans shouting for Quennville to start Niemi more.

As long has Niemi keeps playing well I see Quennville keeping him in net. Quennville likes to keep the hot hand in net, and Niemi is currently that man. 

Hawks take on the Atlanta Thrashers Saturday night at 7:30pm cst.