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Blueshirt World Championship Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Canada captured their second consecutive IIHF World Championship gold medal on Sunday as they skated past Sweden, 5-3 in Prague, Czech Republic.

While the loss for Sweden meant Blueshirt goaltending prospect Henrik Lundqvist (right) will go home with silver and not gold, two members of Rangers management were sure to be excited about their golden outcome.

Don Maloney, New York's Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel served as Team Canada's Assistant GM and Rangers VP of Player Development and Interim Head Coach Tom Renney served as Team Canada's Assistant Coach.

On the player side, several Blueshirt players boasted strong tournaments.

Lundqvist filled the role as Sweden's number one netminder and did not disappoint. The 22-year old posted a 5-1-2 record in eight games, registering one shutout. His 1.64 goals against average ranked third among all goaltenders and his .925 save percentage was sixth. Lundqvist's 476:14 minutes of action also ranked second among all tournament players, with his only loss coming in Sunday's gold medal game.

The Are, Sweden native was named to the Media All-Star Team as well as one of Sweden's top three players as selected by the tournament coaches. He was also selected as Sweden's top player in their 1-1 tie with Finland on April 30.

Jaromir Jagr also posted strong numbers for the Czech Republic, who were eliminated from medal contention by the United States in Quarterfinals action on May 5. In seven games, Jagr led his club with nine points (five goals, four assists). His five goals tied for second among all players, while his nine points tied for third overall.

The 32-year old Kladno, Czech Republic native was also named to the Media All-Star Team and one of the top three Czech players as selected by the coaches. Jagr was also selected as the top Czech Republic player in their 3-1 win over Latvia on April 24.

Forwards Jan Hlavac and Petr Prucha also skated on the host Czech Republc squad, with each player collecting four points in seven matches (Hlavac - one goal, three assists; Prucha - three goals, one assist).

Mike Dunham appeared in four games with Team USA, capturing a bronze medal. Dunham posted a 1-3-0 record, along with a 2.53 goals against average, while sharing the netminding duties with Edmonton Oilers stopper Ty Conklin.

The 31-year old Johnson City, New York native was named Team USA's Player of the Game on two occasions - USA's 4-2 loss to Finland on April 24 and the 3-2 Quarterfinals win over the Czechs on May 5.

Defenseman Thomas Pock collected 10 penalty minutes in six games with Austria, who failed to reach the Quarterfinals following a 5-2 loss to Latvia on May 3. Austria will serve as host of the 2005 tournament.
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