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NYR Players/Prospects at World tourney: May 12 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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:

NylanderMichael Nylander
Position: Center
Team: Sweden
Team Standing: Second place in Group F (Qualifying Round)
Nylander's Tournament Scoring to Date: 1 game, 1 goal, 0 assists
May 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.

HossaMarcel Hossa

Position: Forward
Team: Slovakia
Team Standing: Fifth place in Group F (Qualifying Round)
Hossa's Tournament Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist
May 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.

RichterMartin Richter
Position: Defense
Team: Czech Republic
Team Standing: Second place in Group E (Qualifying Round)
Richter's Tournament Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists
May 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.
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