Last Game: Did not dress for 3rd straight game (upper body) on 11/27 vs. PIT.
2014-15: Finished 2nd on CBJ in blocked shots (117), 3rd in time on ice (19:55) and 5th in plus/minus rating (+8)... Surpassed Nikolai Zherdev for 4th place on CBJ s all-time scoring list (38-144-182) with an assist on 3/28 at STL... Played in 700th career NHL game on 1/6 at DAL... Posted career-best and franchise record +5 on 10/11 vs. NYR.
Career: Ranked 3rd on CBJ in blocked shots (89) in 2013-14... Skated in 400th game w/ CBJ, 1/21/14 vs. LAK... Led all CBJ D in points (22) and assists (18, 1st-T overall on team) in 2012-13... Recorded career-best 5-game point streak from 4/13-4/21/13... Became highest-scoring d-man in CBJ history on 3/19/13 vs. NSH... Represented Russia at '14, '10 and '06 Winter Olympics as well as IIHF World Championships in '11 and '08 (Gold Medal) Made NHL debut (w/NYR) on 2/12/04 at PHI.
Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (Russia), November 11, 2004. Traded to Columbus by NY Rangers with Christian Backman for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche, July 2, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (KHL), November 12, 2012.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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