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FTB: Maple Leafs look to start Christmas vacation on a high note

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The Leafs have won three in a row, but they hope to make it four before the NHL Christmas break.

New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

The Maple Leafs picked up another win last night, and Mitch Marner picked up another fake hat trick. Marner can’t catch a break with the NHL who have changed the official score sheet during the game long after a goal happens twice in recent days with Marner losing credit for a goal both times.

The Leafs also lost another player to injury; Tyler Ennis will join Zach Hyman in the pressbox for at least a few games.

It was a fun game to watch, but the Rangers were much too close at times, and Mike Babcock himself is reported to have said he is not be happy with how they won.

The Leafs have one last game tonight before the Christmas break, facing the Red Wings tonight at 7:30 p.m. After that, they take a four day break and play again on Friday in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

ICYMI

Here’s what we wrote about yesterday.

John Tavares: Just what is it you do here on the Maple Leafs? - Katya
A performance review for the new guy.

Toronto Marlies split weekend series with Laval Rocket on the road - Hardev
And let’s talk about the captaincy!

Other News

This looks like completely accidental head contact by Erik Karlsson on Austin Wagner.

Karlsson will have hearing with Department of Player Safety - Fear The Fin
The veteran blueliner could miss sometime after his hit on Austin Wagner.

This sure doesn’t look like interference to me, but the Situation Room ruled otherwise.

Controversial new IIHF checking rules will be on display at World Juniors - Yahoo Sports
A new IIHF rule taking aim at late body checks and hits on "vulnerable" players will be in the spotlight at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.

Comtois 'driven' to be difference-maker for Canada at world juniors - CBC Sports
Max Comtois, once a projected top-10 pick, fell to 50th at the 2017 NHL draft. Now he wants to show Canada what he really can do.

Sabres broadcaster Jeanneret taken from press box on stretcher - TSN
Jeanneret called the first two minutes of the third period before the broadcast suddenly went silent. He is reported to have been taken from the arena to a local hospital for emergency examination.