Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Watch: Babcock Upbeat After Leafs Blow another Lead



The Toronto Maple Leafs failed to protect a two-goal lead and ended up losing to the San Jose Sharks, 3-2 in a shootout, but Mike Babcock was in no mood to pick apart his young club after the Sharks scored twice in a 2:07 span to tie it.

The Leafs now have the NHL's second-worst winning percentage when leading after two periods at 10-1-5.

"I was pleased with our effort tonight," Babcock said. "I thought we did a lot of good things. I thought we were set up good. Best way to play when you have the lead is like the score is tied and you play like you want to get the next one. So you are on your toes and you continue to get after the other team and you don't just try to defend and back in and play careful."

Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for Toronto (11-11-6), which has lost five of its past six. Auston Matthews chipped in his 13th goal of the season on the power play.

The Sharks had six power plays and tied it with the man advantage at 14:50 on Joe Pavelski's 9th of the season.

Logan Couture scored the winning shootout goal to improve the Sharks' record to 17-11-1.