Maple Leafs Post-Game #25: 5 Takeaways from Something Special

Say what you will about Mike Babcock the person — and a lot of people have done exactly that following his dismissal on Wednesday — but the past two games have revealed in unflinching detail just how much the ex-coach was holding this Maple Leafs team back.
My goodness, folks. How did we let this go on for so long?
The schedule is now into late-November, and the Leafs currently sit outside of a playoff spot, coming fresh off a coaching change over 20 games into their season. Typically, that’s when the practice fights begin to go down — a necessity if this team is actually prepared to follow the 2018-19 Blues blueprint (Bluesprint? I dunno, something to think about) most expect them to.
And yet, this team looks positively giddy.
Jason Spezza straight-up broke out into uproarious laughter on the bench during Thursday night’s slump-busting victory. Auston Matthews got as hyped for Tyson Barrie’s first goal of the season as Bill Murray did for Michael Jordan’s dunk that saved the entire earth in Space Jam. John Tavares declared a midseason road win in freakin’ Arizona as the start of “something special” before dropping F-bombs like a guy who just …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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