CALGARY -- Yevgeni Kuznetsov has given Russia a 1-0 off a pass from Nail Yakupov in the slot 7:26 into the first period of their semifinal match against Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
After a turnover at the Russian blueline, Yakupov quickly darted up the ice and found Kuznetsov, beating Canadian starter Scott Wedgewood for the lead and silencing the capacity crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the process.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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