Ryan White's role on the Montreal Canadiens is not to make fancy plays with the puck and turn on the red light behind opposing goaltenders, as his three goals and 13 points in 115 career NHL games would indicate.
White is the prototypical energy player. He goes around the ice hitting anyone not in a Canadiens jersey and fires up his teammates and the fans at Bell Centre.
Midway through the second period of a Dec. 7 game, Ehrhoff was playing the puck out of his own end. He moved it up the ice but also paid a heavy price in the form of a boards-rattling hit by the 6-foot, 201-pound White that sent both players tumbling.
White has 43 hits this season, second among Montreal forwards. He's on pace for a career high of 125.
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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