Friday, June 4, 2010

Pre-game 4 with Antti Niemi

Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi wants his team to focus on defense tonight.

"We'll focus on our defense, everything bases on that. If we do that, I think we'll do fine."

Niemi says it's not easy to win in Philadelphia.

"It's incredibly loud and they play a physical game, especially at home. It's a tough spot for the away team, but we did fine in the previous game. We just have to keep working."

Niemi tries to relax and remain calm before the games.

"It's no use to get nervous or worry about anything because it's not helping. You just have to trust yourself that you've worked hard and I feel good now."

Niemi doesn't think the first goal is necessarily the most crucial one.

"It depends on the game. Sometimes it can be deciding, but we've seen here that both teams have had the lead and anything can happen. But if it's a low scoring game, then it's definitely important."

Niemi says he's not interested in taking part in the mind games in the media.

"I haven't thought about it. I don't read any papers."

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