Two Rangers players and one prospect competed at the 2006 World Championship tournament in Riga, Latvia on Friday. Here is a player-by-player look at their performances:
Second place in Group F (Qualifying Round)Nylander's Tournament Scoring to Date:
1 game, 1 goal, 0 assistsMay 12:
Sweden 4, Belarus 1 (at Skonto Arena)
In his first game after joining his countrymen in Latvia, Nylander needed less than five minutes to notch his first goal, as he gave Sweden a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the opening period. Henrik Zetterberg and Magnus Johansson assisted on the goal. It was Nylander's 14th career goal in eight World Championship tournaments for Sweden.
Fifth place in Group F (Qualifying Round)Hossa's Tournament Scoring to Date:
4 games, 0 goals, 1 assistMay 12:
Slovakia 2, Switzerland 2 (at Skonto Arena)
Hossa did not record a point and was a plus-one in a game the Slovaks had led 2-0 before giving up two third-period goals to the Swiss. Slovakia was forced to play its second straight game without Hossa's older brother, Marian, who is out with a knee injury.Martin RichterPosition:
Czech RepublicTeam Standing:
Second place in Group E (Qualifying Round)Richter's Tournament Scoring to Date:
4 games, 0 goals, 2 assistsMay 12:
Czech Republic 3, Norway 1 (at Arena Riga)
Richter had his best game of the tournament, picking up assists on each of the Czechs' first two goals. He had the second assist on former Ranger Jan Hlavac's goal at 7:21 of the second period, pulling the Czechs into a 1-1 tie. He then had the lone assist on Jaroslav Balastik's game-winner with 1:29 remaining in the second period.
In other games at the World Championship tournament on Friday, Finland beat Team USA 4-0, Slovenia tied Denmark 3-3, and Italy defeated Kazakhstan 3-2.