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Niemi quiets critics with shutout

Updated: April 19, 2010, 2:24 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Antti Niemi probably doesn't listen to talk radio or read much local hockey coverage, but the unflappable Finn certainly took a big step toward quieting his critics Sunday.

In his second career playoff start, the 26-year-old rookie stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 2-0, series-tying win over Nashville. No soft goals, no weird bounces, no excuses. Just the first Blackhawks shutout in the playoffs since Ed Belfour did it in 1996.

"He proved himself," Chicago captain ...

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