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New dad Muzzin gives Leafs D core some swagger

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19.04.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. Toronto skated at TD Garden on Friday ahead of Game 5.

Jake Muzzin became a father yesterday welcoming a baby girl into the world, but he still made it to Boston for the Leafs morning skate.

"It's been fun," the 30-year-old said. "It's exciting, you know, it's a big part in our life away from hockey and now we're here back to work so it's been a crazy 24 hours."

Will he ride a wave of adrenaline into Game 5?

"Um, I'm a little tired," he said with a smile, "but other than that I'll be fine."

Jake Muzzin and his wife Courtney’ welcomed their first child on Thursday. After a whirlwind 24 hours, the Maple Leafs defenceman says he is tired, happy ahead of Game 5.

Muzzin is a key part of Toronto's plan to contain Boston's top line. That plan seemed to be working well until Wednesday when David Pastrnak got his first two goals of the series (one on the power play) while Brad Marchand posted three points. Muzzin's ill-timed pinch led to a Pastrnak goal early in the second period.

"We got to limit some mistakes," Muzzin said. "They capitalized on a few mistakes we made. Every shift is important. We got to have attention to detail and execution every shift. You give them a chance, they're going to score."

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"We just got to get back to what we were doing," said coach Mike Babcock. "Any time you're a goal scorer and you score, you feel good about yourself. So, that's the beauty of a series is they didn't have it going, suddenly they've got it going. We're the same way. The series has been about responding and we have to respond here today."

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