A big night set for the JLC.
You could almost make the argument that Kitchener has won four out of seven periods of play (one OT) this series. That's how close the team is to being up 2-0 or tied 1-1.
But London has to feel good being at home for a huge game. As usual, check back here leading up to the start time for line combos and more goodies.
By the way, did anyone catch Mark Visentin's goal for the Niagara IceDogs last night?
Talked to backup Franky Palazzese before tonight's tilt. He has never scored a goal in a game.
"I’ve been thinking about it for a long time," said Palazzese. "When I saw it, I thought it was awesome. He has more goals than some guys in the playoffs right now."
Some OHL news, the league has suspended Ottawa 67's Marc Zanetti for the balance of the playoffs for kicking a player in the eastern conference final. If Ottawa moves on to the Memorial Cup, the team can apply to get him back in the lineup.
Ottawa trails Niagara 2-1, so that means at worst, it's a 13 game suspension. Zanetti has already missed two games.
M. Rupert-R. Rupert-Knight
- Kitchener finally gets some secondary scoring and the scorching first line is shut down.
- That was the worst first period of the playoffs for the Rangers. First goal was one Gibson has 99 times out of 100. The second goal came off a brutal line change, three Rangers skated off with the Knights hovering on Kitchener's blue line.
- Consensus in London was that this one was lucky to be 5-2.
- Olli Maatta pots two in 22 seconds. On the first one: "I couldn't have shot it better." On the second, "I think it was pretty lucky."
- The crazy thing about this game? Kitchener was in it until the end despite being severely out played. A failed 5-on-3 power play in the second period, that would have made it 4-3 London, was a comeback killer.
- There are some real questionable folks in the pressbox in London. Guys getting emotional over the play. Give it a rest. Thankfully the Free Press guys are solid reporters who understand the code - no cheering in the pressbox.
- Not sure anyone expected this series to be 3-0 London, not even the Knights.
- Lost in the series is the fact that London hasn't scored a power play goal in the past seven games.
JB's top three Rangers: Franky Palazzese, Eric Ming, Josh Sterk