COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 12: Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates past a fan's sign asking to marry her during the pre-game warmups prior to the start of their game against the Anaheim Ducks on December 12, 2009 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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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