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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 29, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, saw their season come to an end on Sunday night at the Hartford Civic Center, as the Pack fell to the Providence Bruins in Game 7 of the Calder Cup playoffs' Atlantic Division semifinal series. It was a tough way for Hartford's season to end, particularly since the Wolf Pack had led the series 3-2 coming back home for Games 6 and 7. The Pack had the misfortune of running into a hot goaltender with considerable NHL experience, as the Bruins' Hannu Toivonen made 40 saves. Providence got on the board first on Sunday, scoring on a shorthanded penalty-shot attempt at 4:11 of the opening period. The Pack came right back to tie the game just over four minutes later on a power play, as Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 3 star, netted his fifth goal of the playoffs off assists from Jarkko Immonen and Corey Potter at 8:14 of the first. Providence rebounded three minutes later on another power play for a 2-1 lead and then went up 3-1 on a goal at 5:57 of the middle period. Hartford mounted a second-period comeback, as defenseman David Liffiton made it 3-2 at 12:21 of the second period. Brandon Dubinsky and Dwight Helminen assisted on Liffiton's goal, which was his first of the playoffs. The Pack then tied the game at 3:46 of the third, as Alex Bourret converted assists from Dawes and Liffiton to make it 3-3. Providence went back into a 4-3 lead when No. 1 star Ben Walter completed a hat trick on a powerplay at 6:25 of the third. Only 62 seconds after Walter scored, Dennis Packard delivered the eventual game-winner for a 5-3 Providence advantage. The Wolf Pack mounted a last-ditch comeback attempt, making it 5-4 when Dane Byers scored on a power play with 3:24 remaining in the game. Immonen and Bourret assisted on Byers' goal, but Hartford could get no closer against Toivonen, who finished with 40 saves, including 15 in the final period. The Wolf Pack outshot the Bruins by a wide 44-21 margin, and Hartford goalie Al Montoya absorbed the loss. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

Recent Prospect Updates:
April 25 -- Staal dominates as Sudbury takes 3-2 lead
April 26 -- Shutout puts Pack on brink of second round
April 27 -- Staal, Sauer to play for league championships
April 28 -- Pack, Bruins head to Game 7 in Hartford

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