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From the Branches: Mitch and his four-point night

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It Was 9-1.

It's nice to feel like we have a stake in hockey games played in May, and last night was pretty awesome, actually. Our friends in Australia won their 5th and 6th games this past weekend. The Reimers out west are one up on St. Louis, and can possibly end their series tomorrow. And this kid who plays for the London Knights had another MULTI-POINT NIGHT. More about that now!

All the News That's Mitch

London Knights continue rolling at Memorial Cup with 9-1 rout of Wheat Kings | National Post
"London’s Big Line of Dvorak, Mitch Marner and Matthew Tkachuk have combined for 20 points in the two blowouts."

Knights’ top unit always draws extra attention | London Free Press
""You just can’t shut down one line," 30-goal forward JJ Piccinich said. "Some people think you can probably just shut down Mitch’s line but usually, we find ways to win when they don’t produce, too. "They’re going to have to shut us all down."

2016 Memorial Cup: Opponents only hope may be to contain, not stop, London Knights’ trio | Hockey's Future
"There is no line in the CHL that has been more dangerous than the London Knights’ troublesome trio of Mitch Marner (TOR), Christian Dvorak (ARI) and Matthew Tkachuk (2016)."

Marner Magical At Memorial Cup; Contractual Dominoes | Hockey Buzz
"Leafs draft pick JJ Piccinich also scored for London, who have defeated both WHL clubs and will face QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday."

WATCH: Mitch Marner’s five-point game vs. Red Deer at the Memorial Cup | MLHS
Droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

London trio impresses on national stage | Soo Today
"Marner’s five-point night was one short of tying the Memorial Cup record for points in a game, set by Hamilton’s Joe Contini in 1976 and tied in 1986 by Guy Rouleau of Hull."

Off the ice, London Knights stars take great joy in annoying each other | London Free Press
Not much rattles Dvorak, the 20-year-old Coyotes property and London's leading scorer this season. He's a self-described "calm individual" who rarely shows emotion, even after big goals. "Depends on the person," Marner said. "Chucky and I know how to get under his skin pretty easily. It doesn't take long for us. He hates when people touch him. So Tkachuk usually jumps on him or does something to invade his personal space.

Memorial Cup TV nonsense slights Knight fans | London Free Press
This Ryan Pyette guy writes up a storm. Hope he's entertained next season without Mitch around.

Other Hockey News

Perth Thunder win fifth and sixth in a row in weekend series | PPP
"The Perth Thunder having continued rolling through the 2016 AIHL season, registering another two regulation victories at the weekend, this time over their nearest geographical rival, the Adelaide Adrenaline." -- Woo! Go team!

Laine lands MVP | IIHF
"Laine finished with 7+5=12 points from 10 games, sharing the lead in goalscoring with Sweden’s Gustav Nyquist. Among his key moments was a memorable assist on the winner against Russia in the semi-final as his team stunned the home crowd in Moscow." -- AND looks like Draco Malfoy!

Jaromir Jagr confirms he won't play in World Cup of Hockey | ESPN
"The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey after the star winger confirmed he won't be available to compete in September." -- Oh god, no Jagr and Andrej Sustr is 1D? Yeaaaaah.

Five Questions with Dave Andreychuk | NHL
"The rollercoaster ride that most fans are on, mine is probably a kiddy ride compared to theirs. There's not as many ups and downs, and maybe that's the player coming out in me." Awh.

Washington Capitals: Laich Trade Will Pay Off In Offseason | Stars and Sticks
Whatevs. We won this trade.

Sidney Crosby's captaincy has a cost the Penguins simply cannot afford to pay | Sporting News
Lol!

Kessel's redemption and the rise of backup goalies | Down Goes Brown
"So how can a guy who wasn't good enough to be part of one of the worst teams in the league look so good on one of the best? That's the question, and it's one that's turned Kessel's current success into a Rorschach test for fans and media."

Allen: U.S. has a world championships recruitment problem | USA Today
[Sarcasm font] It's because all the US teams are still in playoffs. [End sarcasm font.]

Should prospect goaltenders play a lot in the AHL – or a little in the NHL? | THN
"If it were up to Subban, 22, he would’ve been far away from Portland, Maine and the Providence warmup, where he sustained the injury before a game against the Pirates. Subban spoke to THN shortly before training camp, and he made it clear he would rather be an NHL backup, fighting for scraps behind Tuukka Rask in Boston, than an AHL starter."

Devastating overtime loss puts Pittsburgh Penguins’ goalie situation in uncomfortable spotlight | National Post
Not sad.

Bolts’ Cooper laughs off Malkin ‘guarantee’ | TSN
This is some ridiculous spin on what Jon Cooper actually said, and this headline writer should be ashamed. What Cooper said was, "What's he supposed to say in that situation? ‘We’re done? We're just going down as a formality?’ Of course they're going to say they're going to win, and they should. They're a good team, a good, confident group." -- He was agreeing with Malkin, you shits.

Sharks captain Pavelski's work ethic paying off in conference finals | ESPN
Autoplay video warning.

NHL Three Stars: Sharks down Blues in pivotal Game 5 | Puck Daddy
And James Reimer, #1 star in our hearts.