Mike Babcock angry at officials, says Maple Leafs got ‘ripped off’

Mike Babcock used his postgame conference to comment on the officiating, which he thinks put his Leafs in a hole.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost four straight games in regulation and eight of their last nine overall and Mike Babcock’s patience appears to be wearing thin.

Babcock’s team was defeated 2-1 by the Minnesota Wild Thursday. The Wild scored the game-winner midway through the third period on a power play that stemmed from a questionable Leo Komarov interference call.

The Maple Leafs head coach proceeded to lose his cool on the bench. Toronto was assessed a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct after Babcock gave the officials an earful.

Following the game, Babcock was still seeing red.

“People didn’t pay to watch [the referees] play. They pay to watch the players,” Babcock told reporters at the Air Canada Centre. “I was disappointed. I thought we got ripped off big time.”

The Leafs were given four penalties throughout the game but the Wild, who scored both their goals on the man advantage, didn’t receive a single penalty during the game.

“I don’t get it. Makes no sense to me.”

The Leafs will look to snap their current losing streak Saturday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

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