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Thursday’s FTB: The Babcock blender gets the Leafs to a loss in the skills competition

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How many times is a call on Auston Matthews going to cost the Leafs a win?

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It’s never a dull moment in Leafs-land, especially when Mike Babcock starts the game with some of the greatest line-juggling all season.

As much as we all chuckled at them, they seemed to work for the most part. Unfortunately, the Leafs fell at the hands of a slow start, a missed call on Auston Matthews, and the skills competition.

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Happy Thursday. Keep on Be-Leafing!