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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 21, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, beat the Providence Bruins 5-2 in a first-round Calder Cup playoff game on Saturday night in Providence, R.I., to take a 2-1 lead in their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Defenseman Bryce Lampman, the game's No. 1 star, got the Pack on the board first just 26 seconds into the middle period, scoring off an assist from fellow blueliner Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' 2006 first-round draft pick who signed his first pro contract with the team on Friday. Lampman scored again on a power play at 4:48 of the second period, as Alex Bourret and Jarkko Immonen assisted on the goal that gave Hartford a 2-0 lead. Providence came back with the next goal, but Brandon Dubinsky notched the eventual game-winner, unassisted, at 19:24 of the second to make it 3-1. In the third period, Immonen stretched the lead to 4-1 off assists from linemates Bourret and Nigel Dawes at the 15:22 mark, and Dwight Helminen, the No. 3 star, closed out the scoring by hitting an empty net with one second remaining in the game. The Bruins outshot the Pack 29-26, but Hartford goaltender Al Montoya came up with 27 saves for the win. Hartford returns to action for Game 4 on Tuesday night in Providence. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

In addition, two Rangers prospects competed in a postseason game in the WHL on Saturday. Here is a summary of their performances:

SauerMichael Sauer
Position/Team: Defense/Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Sauer's Regular-Season Scoring: 65 games, 5 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 13 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 21 PIM
April 21: Medicine Hat 4, Calgary 1 (at Medicine Hat) (Medicine Hat leads series 2-0)

Sauer had the second assist on the game's first goal, scored by Derek Dorsett on a power play at 4:24 of the first period. He also was also called for a minor penalty in the third period

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position/Team: Center/Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Dupont's Regular-Season Scoring: 70 games, 37 goals, 33 assists, 121 PIM
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 15 games, 9 goals, 6 assists, 61 PIM
April 21: Medicine Hat 4, Calgary 1 (at Medicine Hat) (Medicine Hat leads series 2-0)

Dupont did not score any points as the Hitmen fell into an 0-2 hole with the series headed back to Calgary. He also took 16 minutes in penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct in the third period.

Recent Prospect Updates:
April 17 -- Checkers' season comes to end in sweep
April 18 -- Dawes gets five points in Pack's playoff opener
April 19 -- Staal helps Sudbury even series with Belleville
April 20 -- Sauer's Tigers blank Dupont's Hitmen in opener

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