November 30 2015 09:03PM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports
At this point last year, Garret Sparks was in the ECHL, putting up extremely solid numbers for the Orlando Solar Bears while the Toronto Marlies slowly inched their way out of the AHL's gutter. It wasn't the pathway he had planned to take at the start of the season and the then 21-year-old was starting to second guess his place in pro hockey.
In the twelve months that ensued, he rebuilt his technique, changed his attitude, spent extra time in the gym, and set his ambitions on earning his way back up the ranks. Which brought him tonight; another unplanned appearance on another team within the organization, but this time, he was looking upward.
Sparks took total advantage of the opportunity, becoming the first Leafs goalie to post a shutout in his NHL debut.
November 30 2015 01:29PM
Hey, guys! It's Cat Goalieman here to do your Monday Mailbag; I've been collecting your questions since yesterday, and I'm here to provide you with all (kind of) the answers.
(FWIW, the answer is "Goat". #PatsNation4Lyfe.)
November 30 2015 12:08PM
Tonight the Leafs are playing against a team that wins the lottery more than Ms. Cleo's best customer. They are playing against a team that figured the backup goaltender for the Presidents Trophy winning team must have been just that good that he can be their number one. The Leafs are playing against a team that traded Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin while having the worst defense in the league and replaced them with Andrej Sekara, Eric Gryba, and Griffin Reinhart and declared they've improved. Tonight the Leafs play against the only team who Leafs fans can pity the fans of.
November 30 2015 10:00AM
We are at the end of November and it certainly went better than October, Thanks to Reimer. The past week was decidedly less good, and with only two games to base rankings off it makes for some interesting power rankings. The fact that the games were a shootout loss to Boston and an overflowing toilet of a performance against Washington make the Power Rankings a little more challenging. As such we'll take some liberties with them this week.
November 30 2015 08:55AM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin / TSGPhoto.com
This story begins on April 29th, 2005. A few weeks after Kyle Wellwood ended the St. John's Maple Leafs' regular season with a shootout winner immortalized on potato-era YouTube, the team was eliminated by the Manitoba Moose in the first round of the players. It was a quiet ending; a 4-0 shutout to cap off a 4-1 series, and for most teams, they'd move on with some dejection, start training, and come back in October to give it another go.
The St. John's Maple Leafs never came back.