NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers falls to the ice against David Steckel #39 and Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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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