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Rangers Assign Three to Hartford (AHL)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Lawrence Nycholat (right), forward Cory Larose and goaltender Jason LaBarbera have been reassigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

LaBarbera leads the AHL goaltenders with 21 wins, ranks third with a 1.48 goals against average and fifth with a .937 save percentage in 40 games this season with the Pack.

On Friday, LaBarbera snapped a 61-year-old American Hockey League record on Friday by posting his 10th shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Civic Center. He stopped 12 shots in the first period, turned aside seven in the second and made 14 saves in the final stanza to break a record first established by the Buffalo Bisons' Gordon Bell during the 1942-43 season.

The Burnaby, British Columbia native made his first NHL start this season with New York on November 20, 2003 at Colorado.

LaBarbera was New York's third round draft choice, 66th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Larose has skated in 48 matches with the Wolf Pack this season, registering nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points, along with 42 penalty minutes. His 26 assists and 35 points rank first on the club, while his four power play goals rank second on Hartford. The right winger made his Rangers/NHL debut on Monday vs. the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden.

The native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, was acquired by the Rangers from the Minnesota Wild on February 20, 2003 in exchange for forward Jay Henderson.

Nycholat has appeared in 52 games with Hartford this season, leading all Wolf pack blueliners with 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) and ranking fourth on the club with 86 penalty minutes.

The Calgary, Alberta native has appeared in five games with the Rangers this season. He was acquired from the Minnesota Wild on March 11, 2003 in exchange for goaltender Johan Holmqvist.
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