In the long history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, no goaltender had shutout his opponent in his NHL debut – until Monday.
Netminder Garret Sparks made 24 saves over the Edmonton Oilers to pick up a shutout in his first NHL game. And after the 3-0 win, he got emotional when informed that he had entered the Maple Leafs record books with the blanking.
The video of this moment is above.
The 22-year-old Sparks was 8-2-1 with a 1.90 goal-against average and .938 save percentage for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this year before the call-up due to a James Reimer injury.
He also wore some creative goal pads.
Last season Sparks played 36 games with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. He was selected in the seventh-round (190th overall) by the Leafs in the 2011 NHL Draft.
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