The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a postseason berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
Anaheim (46-18-7) is in second place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks are four points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night, but have played three fewer games. Anaheim's next game is Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames in the opener of a three-game road trip.
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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