James Neal left the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opener against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the first period with an injury. He saw 3:49 of ice time in the opening period before heading to the dressing room and was not on the bench for the second period. The team said he will not return.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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