Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri and his current team, the London Knights, fell asleep for about six minutes in their OHL Western Conference Semifinal Game 7 showdown against the Kitchener Rangers, and it cost them everything. In just six minutes and 13 seconds, the Knights’ chance for completing an upset against the Rangers was blown up, as Kitchener scored five consecutive goals Monday night at the John Labatt Blue centre.
“All we were trying to do was stay positive,” said Leaf’s prospect Nazem Kadri, after the Knights 1-0 lead was shattered by five straight Rangers goals early in the second period. “It was tough. We got off to a good start but it burned out quickly on us.”
The Rangers found the back of the net in a few different ways. Two short-handed goals, a power-play marker, an even-strength tally and then the true icing on the cake came in the form of a breakaway goal by Jeremy Morin.
Kadri led the team in playoff scoring with a mind-blowing 27 points in 12 games, but was held without a point in the final three against Kitchener. The young hockey phenom is excited about his future career with the Leafs, but he admits that the blowout loss hurts, especially considering his history against the opposition.
“It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I was a 15 year-old going to my first camp with the Rangers,” said Kadri, the OHL playoff scoring leader, following his team’s 8-3 loss. “It happened so fast.”