Garret Sparks made an historic debut with the Leafs, plus updates on Carey Price, Derek Stepan, Ryan Suter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the notable video highlights of last night’s NHL game, including Maple Leafs goalie Garret Sparks earning a shutout in his NHL debut, the Rangers squeezing by the Hurricanes and the Islanders downing the Avalanche.
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SPORTSNET: Garret Sparks was overcome by emotion after learning he was the first goalie in Toronto Maple Leafs history to earn a shutout in his NHL debut.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’re so used to NHL players being so stoic during interviews. The reaction from Sparks, who had a long road from the ECHL to playing in the big league, after learning what he’d accomplished was a refreshing genuine moment of emotion. No one knows what the future holds for Sparks, but on this night, he achieved his dream of playing in the NHL while setting a franchise record in the process. Well done.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Montreal Canadiens learned they will be without goalie Carey Price (right knee) for at least six weeks. The Canadiens have sent Dustin Tokarski to the minors on a conditioning stint and called up Zach Fucale.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for Price and the Habs, no surgery is required. GM Marc Bergevin said Price re-aggravated his prior injury but said the netminder wasn’t rushed back into action.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers will be without center Derek Stepan (broken ribs) for between four-to-six weeks. They’re also awaiting word on defenseman Kevin Klein, who suffered a strained abdominal muscle during the Rangers 4-3 win over the Hurricanes on Monday.
TWINCITIES.COM: A recent slump has the Minnesota Wild on edge, which boiled over as defenseman Ryan Suter openly questioned coach Mike Yeo’s decision to pair him with fellow left-handed shot Jonas Brodin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s become a regular occurrence for the Wild, get off to a good start and then stumble through November. Last season, the issue was goaltending, though Yeo also came under some fire. The current problem is their defensive play. If the slump continues, the Wild coach could come under increasing criticism.
TSN: Former NHL players and CTV’s W5 have filed a court petition to unseal secret league e-mails regarding its reaction to concussion injuries.
IN GOAL MAGAZINE: An in-depth examination of the butterfly style of goaltending.