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AHL goalie loses blocker, still makes jaw-dropping save with bare hand

Toronto's Garret Sparks kept team ahead with incredible stop

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Blocker? Garret Sparks didn't need no stinkin' blocker.

The goalie for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League made a jaw-dropping save with his bare hand to rob Cam Darcy of Utica in the first period of Game 5 of their first-round Calder Cup playoff series.

Tweet from @TorontoMarlies: No glove? No problem for @GSparks40.#MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/Kbkx13HSW2

Sparks lost his blocker making the first save on Reid Boucher's attempt, but stuck his bare hand in front of Darcy's attempt and deflected it out of harm's way, keeping Toronto ahead 1-0 in the win-or-go-home game. 

He appeared to be unharmed by the shot, but it was the best, and perhaps biggest of Sparks' 37 saves in the Marlies' 4-0 victory that pushed them on to the second round.

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