Leafs 8 misbehavin'

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:24 PM ET

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- It wasn't the wakeup call the Maple Leafs would have liked yesterday morning.

It certainly wasn't a relaxing way to end a gruelling three-game Western road trip.

The 8 a.m. practice at the Jobing.com Arena wasn't a total shock after Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Leafs' second road loss in a row.

After coach Ron Wilson ordered his troops on to the bus at 6:45, the team went through a hard 50-minute skate, the latest move to send a clear message to his team.

"It's something we deserved," rookie Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn said. "We haven't been playing well. I hope it (works). We've got to find something to start playing better. Maybe this is what it takes."

'LIKE CHILDREN'

That's not the view of outspoken former Leafs backup goalie Glenn Healy. In an interview on The Fan 590 morning show yesterday, the director of player affairs for the NHLPA accused Wilson of treating his team "like children," adding that at some point players will balk and say: "We've had enough of this clown."

Leafs defenceman Jeff Finger disagreed with Healy's comments, and believes the team had it coming.

"Not at all," Finger said of the analysis. "We've got a young team here. In a lot of ways, we are still kids. There are a lot of young players on this team. Sometimes that's the only way to get through to people. Sometimes you get in a little funk and you need a wakeup call."

Defenceman Tomas Kaberle was benched for the entire first period on Thursday and then was on the ice for the next three Coyotes goals.

Kaberle did not look pleased during the unscheduled practice session, 10 hours after the team's latest loss.

"(Being benched) is part of this business," he said. "If you aren't playing well, obviously something is going to happen. A lot of things are going through your head (when you get benched). You just have to try to start fresh the next morning."


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