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  • Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader ruin Mike Babcock's return to Detroit

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago

    Mike Babcock’s return to Detroit in the regular season as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs went quite poorly.

    The former longtime coach of the Detroit Red Wings saw inspired play by a group he helped grow and develop, and was partially done in by a rookie who never suited up for him.

    Dylan Larkin fired a gorgeous coast-to-coast goal and Justin Abdelkader potted a hat trick for the Wings.

    The Red Wings honored Babcock with a message on the scoreboard and fans cheered for him during the moment. This made the normally stoic Babcock a little emotional. 

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    "It was nice of them to do. They sure didn’t have to do that," Babcock said via ESPN.com. "I’ve said it a number of times, I’m glad this is all over to be honest with you. The Leafs played the Red Wings today and they won. It’s that simple."

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