67's want no part of goon show

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

The 67's say they won't be intimidated by London's goon tactics.

Step one was ignoring the Knights' shenanigans in the final minutes of Ottawa's 6-3 win on Sunday at the John Labatt Centre.

Many of the Knights tried to goad 67's players into fights, but most refused to drop the gloves as the game wound down.

"We were trying to stay away from the penalty box," said Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea. "We knew we had played a good game and we didn't want any suspensions or injuries to happen.

"I was happy the guys just walked away from it and got the game done."

The game's final five minutes took several to complete and featured incidents like London enforcer Brandon Prust taking a run at much-smaller Ottawa centre Jakub Petruzalek.

And London's Kelly Thomson took a minor penalty for checking Bryan Bickell into the boards headfirst. Bickell got up immediately, but refused to fight.

At the end of Thomson's penalty, Ottawa defenceman Elgin Reid agreed to the London player's invitation to battle, the only bout of the series so far.

"They were just coming out and they were trying to maybe set the tone or let guys know that if they're not winning, they're going to goon it up or fight," said Ottawa winger Mark Mancari.

'HERE TO PLAY HOCKEY'

"But we're not here to do that. We're here to play hockey and win games. Fights aren't going to win playoff games, that's for sure."

Ottawa rookie winger Arron Alphonso said the 67's needed to show the Knights that they weren't intimidated.

"We're just as big, or bigger, than them," he said.

"The intimidation thing, maybe it should be us trying to intimidate them now that they're coming to the Civic Centre."

The series resumes tonight on 67's home ice, where they haven't lost in eight playoff games.

Ottawa got a boost in confidence following Sunday's win in which they erased a 3-2 deficit after two periods by scoring four unanswered goals in the third.

"They're not going to be able to walk over us, and we're not going to be able to walk over them," said Alphonso. "It's going to be a tough series the whole time. It's just a matter of who wants it more."

Ottawa defenceman Brad Staubitz, considered one of the toughest players in the league, said the 67's need to be more concerned about London's skilled players than about fights.

INTIMIDATING OFFENCE

"They're a tough team and they have some tough players, but I think we're more intimidated by the offence they can generate more than anything," he said.

After Sunday's game, London centre Danny Fritsche said the 67's would have to play at 150% to beat the Knights.

"If we're going to have to play 150% every game and we're going to win, then we're going to do it," said Mancari.

"If he thinks that's what we're going to have to do, then that's what he thinks.

"We're going to come out and work hard every game, and we outworked them in Game 2 and beat them.

"So what's that saying for them? What are they going to have to do to beat us? They're going to have to come out and work hard as well."

McGINN OUT?: Rookie LW Jamie McGinn suffered a shoulder injury in the third period of Sunday's game, then took a slash on the left wrist. He missed yesterday's practice and is questionable for tonight's game.

"I don't think the shoulder's separated," he said. "I sure hope not."

McGinn, 16, scored the overtime winner to clinch a series sweep in the Eastern Conference championship against Peterborough.


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