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Niemi to start on Sunday vs. Columbus

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niemi.jpgAntti Niemi will be net for the Hawks Sunday as the try to rebound from their worst loss of the season.

The Blue Jackets routed the Hawks 8-3 on Thursday night in Columbus. The defense struggled, the puck-possession game was missing and Cristobal Huet allowed seven goals on 27 shots.

The Hawks held a meeting Friday to discuss the loss to the Blue Jackets, who come to the United Center for a rematch on Sunday.

"You can't be too happy about what took place the night before," coach Joel Quenneville said. "That probably needed to be addressed. You can't be happy with a game like that. We play them next. We should be excited about tomorrow."

Niemi has two shutouts in his last three starts. He said Saturday he isn't focused too much on his competition with Huet for the No. 1 job in the postseason.

"It just one more big game tomorrow. We want to win it," Niemi said. "I'm not thinking too far ahead or I'm not thinking [about] past games either."

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Enough of this Q... Put Niemi in there and keep him there. Huet has lost all confidence and is a head case. Hes coming apart on any goal he lets in. Plus the blue line needs help. We may win a round.. but thats it. This team needs to blend in some big stay at home D men with the race horses we have back there. To much run and gun and not enough covering the back door.. Niemi is the goalie of the future. Big, young and confident.

huet out...crawford In....first time in NHL history two rookie goalies on one team win the cup...

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