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Leafs hold 'family discussion' after abysmal loss to Lightning

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TSN Toronto Maple Leafs Reporter


TORONTO – Before the Maple Leafs could move on from their abysmal 7-3 walloping by Tampa Bay on Thursday night, the team gathered for a meeting Friday morning that head coach Mike Babcock deemed more important than any practice to hash out what’s gone wrong during a three-game winless streak.

“It’s just a family discussion; it’s just honest,” Babcock said following the Leafs’ on-ice session Friday. “The reality is we weren’t good enough [against Tampa] and we showed the areas we weren't good enough. There’s nowhere to hide here. In any good family, that’s what it’s like. You keep each other accountable and that's what we try to do.”

Babcock accepted his share of the blame for a defeat that saw his team let a competitive first period devolve into a lacklustre finish. The Leafs trailed 4-3 after a wild opening 20 minutes against Tampa, and were well-positioned to bounce back in the second until their offence stalled and defensive errors piled up.

“Any time you play like we did last night, the coach didn’t do his job. So we weren't ready to go,” Babcock said. “We were up 2-1 with eight minutes left in the first period, but we didn’t stay playing. We got........