The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a largely positive story this season, and head coach Mike Babcock has had some things to work on after each game but the loss last night was different.
After an ugly loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings it was clear that Babcock felt a little different about this one, and his comments following the game have now reflected that.
"The good thing about it is we'll get up in the morning and the sun's going to get up, we're going to go to the rink and work," Babcock said as per The Score's Ian McLaren. "After we do our penance we'll probably get on with it, but you're not just going to get up tomorrow and everything is going to be rosy.
"We embarrassed ourselves here today and so it's like anything, you get to the rink and you go to work and reset what you've got to do and you understand what happened and go from there."
Babcock felt like the Leafs were outclassed in virtually every aspect of the game and stated as much following the defeat.
"We didn't play heavy, we didn't finish any checks, we didn't win any races. They won them all. Give them credit, they were way better than us. They were way more organized and way more prepared to compete at a high level."
It certainly sounds like the young Maple Leafs may be in for a few days of rather difficult practice as they try and bounce back from a beat down at the hands of the Kings.