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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 2, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Be sure to check back regularly each week for updated Rangers prospect notes and quotes from the Blueshirt coaching and scouting staff.

PHOTO: Chad Wiseman scored in a shootout to lift Hartford to a 1-0 win over Houston in AHL action on Monday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Wiseman, LaBarbera Lead Hartford; Pack Still Perfect
It took a little more work, but the result was the same in Hartford this afternoon as the Wolf Pack scored a 1-0 shootout victory over the visiting Houston Aeros at the Civic Center and ran their record to a perfect 7-0-0. The shootout marked first in Pack history.

Jason LaBarbera made 35 saves for his third straight shutout of the Houston Aeros and Chad Wiseman scored in the shootout to ensure the "W". The unblemished 7-0-0 record marks the club's best start in franchise history.

"The shootout is part of the game for the fans, and our goaltender was outstanding during the game and in the shootout," Wolf Pack head coach Ryan McGill told The Hartford Courant. "But looking at the faces of individuals when they come back to the bench after they don't score obviously tells it all. They don't want to let their teammates down, and they're saddled with the added pressure of trying to score a goal to win."

The Wolf Pack currently sit atop the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division in a first-place tie with the Manchester Monarchs, who also sport a 7-0-0 slate. Hartford, which kicked off a season-long six-game homestand on Monday against the Aeros, will look to continue their winning streak on Saturday, November 6, when they play host to the Bridgeport Soundtigers. Game time is 7:05 PM at the Civic Center.


SWEDISH ELITE LEAGUE:

Lundqvist Guides Frolunda Past MoDo, 3-2 in OT
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 33 of 35 shots on Monday as the Swedish Elite League-leading Frolunda Indians skated past MODO Hockey, 3-2, in overtime.

Lundqvist was recently the center of attention in Sweden's daily Expressen. The publication notes that Lundqvist's lifetime .928 save percentage is the best in the Swedish Elite League over the last 30 years, turning aside 3815 of 4108 total shots he has faced since 1999-00.

Lundqvist, New York's seventh round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, leads all Swedish netminders with a 1.75 goals against average and a .938 save percentage on the season. His 960:01 minutes played also leads the Elitserien, while his two shutouts are tied for second in the league.
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