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NYR Players/Prospects at World tourney: May 14 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Two Rangers players and one Rangers prospect competed at the 2006 World Championship tournament in Riga, Latvia on Sunday. Here is a player-by-player look at their performances:

HossaMarcel Hossa
Position: Forward
Team: Slovakia
Team Standing: Fifth place in Group F (Qualifying Round)
Hossa's Tournament Scoring to Date: 5 games, 1 goal, 2 assists
May 14: Slovakia 5, Sweden 2 (at Skonto Arena)

Hossa had his best game of the tournament, scoring a goal and assisting on another by his brother Marian, who returned to the Slovak lineup after missing time with a knee injury. Marian Hossa got Slovakia on the board first, with Marcel getting the second assist on that goal at 1:45 of the opening period. Slovakia went on to lead 3-0 early in the third period before Sweden cut the lead to 3-2 with two goals in a 69-second span. Marcel deflated the Swedish comeback with a power play goal - his first ever in a World Championship tournament - at 6:22 of the middle period. A victory over Ukraine in its next game would give Slovakia a berth in the tournament quarterfinals.

NylanderMichael Nylander
Position: Center
Team: Sweden
Team Standing: Second place in Group F (Qualifying Round)
Nylander's Tournament Scoring to Date: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists
May 14: Slovakia 5, Sweden 2 (at Skonto Arena)

Nylander took three shots on goals but was held without a point in his second game of the tournament. Sweden is already assured a berth in the quarterfinals.

RichterMartin Richter
Position: Defense
Team: Czech Republic
Team Standing: Tied for second place in Group E (Qualifying Round)
Richter's Tournament Scoring to Date: 5 games, 0 goals, 2 assists
May 14: Czech Republic 6, Canada 4 (at Arena Riga)

Richter did not pick up a point but was plus-2 in the Czechs' dramatic win over Team Canada. The Czech Republic built up a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see Canada storm back on goals by Stephane Robidas, Mike Richards and Dan Hamhuis. The Czechs went ahead 4-3 in the second period on a goal by Zbynek Irgl, but Sidney Crosby tied it up for Canada early in the third before Jaroslav Balastik notched his second straight game-winning goal at 6:29 of the third period.

In other qualifying-round games at the World Championship tournament on Sunday, Finland beat Norway 3-0 to improve to 3-0-1 in the qualifying round and Russia beat Switzerland 6-3.
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