He won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics; in 2006 Olympics, he finished second overall in tournament scoring with eight points (1-7-8), playing on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Kovalev.
Datsyuk joins five teammates, competing for Russia at the Olympics for the third time – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Andrei Markov, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).
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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