And after seeing the "elbow" that hit Max Domi captured by Record photographer Peter Lee (right), you can see why the OHL didn't suspend the Kitchener blueliner.
So let's put the theatre to the side and concentrate on the game.
This we can agree, the series has certainly gained some passion. And after watching the first two games, it's a welcome sight.
A win tonight and the Rangers push the series to an incredible Game 7 on Tuesday in London. Lose and the season is done.
Brandon Robinson-Ryan MacInnis-David Miller
Darby Llewellyn-Connor Bunnaman-Mason Kohn
Adam Mascherin-Gustaf Franzen-Nick Magyar
Mike Davies-Mark Bzowey-Jacob Cascagnette
Dmitrii Sergeev-Liam Maaskant
Max Iafrate-Frank Hora
Doug Blaisdell-Dylan Di Perna
Jake Paterson (2-3) starts.
Matt Rupert-Mitchell Marner-Josh Sterk
Max Domi-Christian Dvorak-Aaron Berisha
Jack Hidi-Owen MacDonald-Chandler Yakimowicz
Tait Seguin-Drake Rymsha-Cliff Pu
Victor Mete-Aiden Jamieson
Julius Bergman-Chris Martenet
Brandon Crawley-Tyler Nother
Tyler Parsons (3-2) starts.
- London goalie Tyler Parsons has allowed 15 goals in the past three games after giving up three in the first two.
- Kitchener coach Troy Smith watched Game 5 on video and the Maaskant-Domi elbow and read Dale Hunter's comments on his coaching style but didn't want to address any of it right now. Not the right time, the boss added. The OHL too is staying mum over Hunter's comments.
- Friday it was the Knights who looked tired. Tonight it was the Rangers.
- Don't be surprised if the London's current OA candidates for next season aren't in fact on the roster.
- The odds were not in Kitchener's favour and winning two games in a row after being on the cusp of elimination to a higher seeded team was admirable. Still, this game was still up for grabs after a lacklustre first period by both sides.
- Credit goes to the Knights who came in to enemy territory and took it to the Rangers to win the series. That said, I don't like their chances at all against Erie.
- Lots to discuss and analyze in the coming weeks on the season that was. And I promise to get to it all. For now, I'll say this, the Rangers obviously didn't want to lose in the first round but the team can leave the post-season feeling better that they battled back to make a series out of it rather than bowing out in a sweep.
- I thought we'd see a Max Domi breakout game in this series but it never happened. We all knew Mitch Marner was good but I'm not sure anyone saw the 8G, 7A effort coming. He'll be captain next season in London.
- Another shocker that I don't think anyone saw coming was London rookie Tyler Parsons finishing with better numbers than Rangers veteran Jake Paterson.
- I think the post-game handshake between Dale Hunter and Troy Smith was one of the quickest ones I've ever seen.
- It's always hard to look a player in the eye whose crying, exhausted and coming off a disappointing loss and asking for his feelings. Always a good reminder that these players are human and very grounding as a reporter.
- The last game of the season and I'm sure the players won't miss seeing my mug around the rink bugging them for quotes. That said, it certainly won't be the last post on the blog. It should be a busy off-season and I'll be here regularly posting updates and thoughts. Thanks to the fans for the interaction via here and Twitter. Keeps me on my toes.
JB's top three Rangers: Darby Llewellyn, Frank Hora, Liam Maaskant