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The Struggling Toronto Maple Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Babcock, who deserves scrutiny with the rest for how the lethargic losses to the Blackhawks and Lightning unfolded, vacillated between prodding his players, especially those filling in for regulars, and holding back the whip.

“When you look at our group, I don’t think you really need a lot of (hardball lectures),” Babcock said. “We understand what’s at stake for us, we understand our opportunity is here and now. Next year in sport never comes. We play in a real good division with good teams and you have to be on top of your game.”...

“We tried to focus on details, but get back skating,” he said of Thursday’s aim. “We have to play fast to have success, but we’ve been slow – slow on defence and so other teams have more time with the puck. We got our work ethic and speed back last night in the second period and were able to feel better about ourselves.”...

“We can’t think about injuries, we’ve had years in the past where we were very fortunate with them,” defenceman Morgan Rielly said. “You just look at who’s available, go out there and motivate each other.

“We keep on saying that playoffs are around the corner and we have to get in playoff mode, but we have to (really) do it. There’s no reason not to be urgent, prepared and hungry at this time of year.”

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