When the teams played at Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 28, the Tanev (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) went into the right corner behind his net to retrieve a dump-in with 5:50 left in the second period. That's when he was rocked by Zibanejad (6-2, 211), who delivered a textbook hip check that sent Tanev to the ice and allowed the Senators to create havoc in the Canucks zone.
Zibanejad, who is sixth among Ottawa forwards with 37 hits, got the fans going by putting his size to good use, and before the period was over he would show off his skill by beating Roberto Luongo on a rebound to bring the Senators within 4-2 in what eventually ended up a 5-2 loss.
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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