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Quick-thinking Babcock draws up lesson on railing for van Riemsdyk

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Babcock's quick coaching solution

TOR@MTL: Babcock uses boards to draw up a play

As the Maple Leafs look to open the scoring in the 1st, Mike Babcock grabs a marker and starts drawing a play up on the railing of the boards

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Who needs a board when you can just write on the boards?

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock wanted to show forward James van Riemsdyk something and he needed to do it quickly, because line changes happen fast.

Babcock had a marker in his hand but didn't bother grabbing a dry-erase board to illustrate his thoughts. He just drew it right there on the railing of the visitng bench area of Bell Centre.

Well, wherever he drew it up, it seemed to work as van Riemsdyk scored in the third period of a 6-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.

The strategy session may, however, cost the coach a can of red paint.

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