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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 18, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, won their Calder Cup playoff opener on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center, beating Providence 5-1 behind a two-goal, five-point performance from Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 1 star. Alex Bourret, who had two goals and two assists to earn No. 2 star honors, opened the scoring for the Pack just 24 seconds into the game off assists from Dawes and Corey Potter. Providence went on to tie the score at 1-1 with 4:46 remaining in the first before the Pack ran off four unanswered tallies to run away with the win. Jarkko Immonen, the No. 3 star, picked up the eventual game-winner at 8:04 of the second period, with Dawes and Bourret picking up the assists. Dawes then made it a 3-1 game with 1:21 left in the middle period, scoring off assists from Potter and Bourret. Dawes scored again at 2:06 of the third period to put the Pack up 4-1, and Bourret closed out the scoring with assists going to Dawes and 2006 first-round draft pick Bobby Sanguinetti at 6:51 of the third. The Pack outshot the Bruins 30-26, as Hartford goaltender Al Montoya ended the night with 25 saves. Leading their Atlantic Division semifinal series 1-0, the Wolf Pack return to action for Game 2 on Friday night in Hartford . For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

In addition, one Rangers prospect competed in a postseason game in the OHL on Wednesday. Here is a summary of his performance:

StaalMarc Staal
Position/Team: Defense/Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Staal's Final Regular-Season Scoring: 53 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 10 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, 16 PIM
April 18: Belleville 3, Sudbury 2 (at Belleville) (Belleville leads series 1-0)

Staal, the Wolves' captain, was named the game's No. 3 star in defeat. He tallied scored his fifth goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of the third period, pulling Sudbury into a 2-2 tie. The Bulls later won the game on a power-play goal at 10:48 of the third.

Recent Prospect Updates:
April 13 -- Montoya stops 20 as Pack shut out Sound Tigers
April 14 -- Florida takes 2-0 series lead over Checkers
April 15 -- Dupont scores as Hitmen advance to Round 3
April 17 -- Checkers' season comes to end in sweep

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