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From the Branches: Sparks shuts out the Oilers, banishes them back to land of wind and ghosts

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Okay, okay, that's the last time we use that line. In this post.

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Garret Sparks #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by his teammates after earning a shut-out in his 1st NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL game at Air Canada Centre on November 30, 2015 in Toronto, On
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Garret Sparks #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by his teammates after earning a shut-out in his 1st NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL game at Air Canada Centre on November 30, 2015 in Toronto, On
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Garrett Sparks gets a shutout in his NHL debut. A seventh round pick doesn't get the highest of hopes, but he put the work in, climbed the hockey ladder from Junior to the A to the E back to the A then to the big show. If he plays Wednesday, which Babcock has said he will if Reiner can't, vs the Jets he'll have a bigger challenge in front of him.

The Oilers, as stacked as they are with top lottery picks, are a bad hockey team. That is the curse that came with the wish Katz made to get that many first round picks. Damn monkeys paw. The Thrashers are not that bad of a team. They may be a transplanted orphan of a team but they're no slouches either.

Let's make sure to keep expectations low, remember, once Reimer is healthy, Sparkles goes back to the Marlies.

Here are your links:

Sparks Links

WATCH: Garret Sparks cries after learning he made Toronto Maple Leafs history - Pension Plan Puppets

Joe Bowen calls the Garret Sparks shutout - MLHS

Garret Sparks becomes first Leafs goaltender to earn shutout in NHL debut | The LeafsNation

Leafs Links

Leafs 3, Oilers 0: Mr. Sparkle gets a shutout - Pension Plan Puppets

Maple Leafs Prospect Update: Mitch Marner will be a Maple Leaf - Pension Plan Puppets

Leafs Postgame: Sparky Night In Canada | The LeafsNation

Worst Shutout Loss Possible - The Copper & Blue

BWB Post-Game: Game 23, Leafs vs. Oilers

Vintage Leaf Memories - Michael Langlois: Some early-season Maple Leaf highlights…

LGD: #HereComeTheOilers | The LeafsNation
This is a preview of last nights game, but Justin Fisher's trolling was on point last night.

Hockey Links

Furies can't beat Les Canadiennes in CWHL action - Pension Plan Puppets

From the editor's desk: Arizona Coyotes' prospects demonstrate the need to change AHL eligibility - Five For Howling

Kate Cimini talks NWHL on Nov. 30 Marek vs. Wyshynski

Down Goes Brown: Beleskey and Dubinsky show how far the league has come

Ten years ago, Joe Thornton got traded mid-season - Stanley Cup of Chowder

The effects of overtraining and burnout - Eyes On The Prize

Is it time for Rangers GM Jeff Gorton to make his move? :: Blue Seat Blogs

NHL Recaps

Ducks run Ryan Miller out of net, defeat Canucks 4-0 - Nucks Misconduct
GAMER: Anaheim Rebounds With Shutout Win Versus Vancouver - Anaheim Calling

Rangers Vs. Hurricanes Recap: Rangers Snap Losing Streak, Defeat Hurricanes 4-3 - Blueshirt Banter

Avs Start Strong, Can't Finish in Brooklyn - Mile High Hockey
[Final] New York Islanders 5 (EN), Colorado Avalanche 3: Isles pull away in third - Lighthouse Hockey

Your moment of Zen

The Bees!

s/t@ToniMacAttack