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by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

All-Star Break for the AHL this week, with the PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars rallying from a four-goal deficit for a 5-4 shootout victory over the Canadian AHL All-Stars in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, played tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tomas Plekanec of the Hamilton Bulldogs started the PlanetUSA rally at the 3:34 mark of the second period, then added a goal in the shootout to earn honors as the Dodge Most Valuable Player of the game. The PlanetUSA All-Stars earned the sweep of the weekend event after winning Sunday's AHL All-Star Skills Competition by a score of 17-13.

Jason LaBarbera and Lawrence Nycholat represented Hartford as starters for the Canadian squad.

The Pack reach the break with a 33-16-1-2 record, good for 69 points and second place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Confernce. The Pack snapped a four-game losing skid in their final game before the break, beating the Portland Pirates 3-2 at the Hartford Civic Center. Prior to Saturday's contest, Hartford had played seven consecutive road games. Coming out of the break, the Wolf Pack with play six of seven at home, where they own the best home ice record in the AHL at 22-3-0-1.

Goaltender Steve Valiquette leads all AHL goaltenders with a 1.79 goals against average, along with a .933 save percentage (third in the AHL) and a 12-8-1 record. Dominic Moore leads the club with 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points and Lawrence Nycholat ranks seventh among all AHL defenseman with five goals and 26 assists for 31 points.

After starting off February with four wins in their first five games, the Charlotte Checkers have dropped their last two outings, both road games. The club returns to home ice for three straight contest, beginning with a game versus Gwinnett on Wednesday. Charlotte's record stands at 28-17-3, good for first place in the East Division.

Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Current two-game point streak Feb.11 and 12th scoring two points ( 0 goals, 2 assists). Tied for second in the WHL with four short-handed goals. Ranks second on the team with four short-handed goals and sixth on the team with thirteen goals. Tied for eight in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 28 points (thirteen goals, 15 assists). 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points along with 77 penalty minutes in 52 games. The Blades are 15-5-0 when he registers a point.

Ivan Baranka (Everett) - Current two-game point streak Feb. 12 and 13th scoring three points (two goals, one assist). Named 1st star of the game on Feb. 13 vs. Spokane (W 4-2). Named 2nd star of the game on Feb. 9 vs. Red Deer (W 1-0). Seven goals and twelve assists for 19 points, along with 44 penalty minutes in 51 games.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Ranks first on his team with 155 penalty minutes, 11th in the league. 53 contests so far this season, tallying fourteen points (eight goals, six assists).

Rick Kozak (Prince Albert) - He ranks second on his team with 134 penalty minutes. Eleven goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 134 penalty minutes in 40 games.

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Among WHL rookies, ranks third in scoring with 38 points, third with 17 goals and first with a +22 rating. Ranks' fifth in scoring on his team with 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists). 56 games, notching 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.

Marcus Jonasen (Tri-City) - Current three-game point streak from Feb.11 to Feb.13, scoring four points (two goals, two assists). Registered a three-game point streak from Feb.2 to Feb. 5, scoring four points (three goals, one assist). Ranks first on the team with 19 goals and is tied for fourth on the club with 35 points. Has ten multi-point games. 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points, along with 49 penalty minutes in 54 games.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Has recorded seven multi-goal games...Has recorded four multi-assist games. On Portland, he ranks tied for third in goals (19), tied for third in assists (28), third in points (47) and second in penalty minutes (128). Has recorded 15 multiple-point games this season.

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Named Greyhound WHL Player of The Week, Feb. 7 - Feb. 13. Current five-game point streak from Feb. 3 to Feb. 12, scoring 9 points (8 goals, one assist). Named 2nd star on Feb. 9 vs. Tri-City (W 1-0). 34 goals and 18 assists for 52 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 48 games. Has a +/- rating of +15. 14 multiple-point games this season. Has recorded seven multi-goal games, four multi-assist games.

Greg Moore (Maine) - 8 ppg leads team. Tied for first on his team with 11 goals, ranks first with eight power-play goals, and tied for third with 17 points. 11 goals and six assists for 17 points, along with fourteen penalty minutes in 30 games.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Second among all Maine freshmen with seven assists and 12 points. Tied for ninth on his team with seven assists and tied for eight on his team with 12 points. Five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 25 games

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Current two-game point streak Feb. 11 and 12th scoring two points (one goal, one assist). Ranks third on his team with 26 points. Ranks third on his team with fourteen goals. 14 goals and twelve assists for 26 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 32 games. Colorado College is ranked #3 in the USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine polls and #3 in the polls.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Current two-game point streak Feb.11 to Feb.14, scoring two points (two assists). Ranks first among team defensemen with five goals and 15 points. Ranks tied for fourth on the team with nine assists. Ranks fourth on team with 15 points. 24 regular season games, has six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. Ranks tied for ninth among ECAC defensemen with 15 points. Six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 32 penalty minutes.

Rob Flynn (Harvard) - Recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Princeton (1-1-2). Three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 21 games. Harvard is ranked 9th in the USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine polls and #9 in the polls.

Al Montoya (Michigan) - Recorded 2 victories this past weekend over fellow Rangers prospect Chris Holt and Nebraska-Omaha, stopping 35 of 42 shots...Named the 3rd star in Saturday's game against Nebraska-Omaha in a 4-3 win...Ranks 5th in the CCHA with a GAA of 2.63 and ranks 8th in saves with 669... In 30 games has a record of 21-6-3, along with a goals against average of 2.69 and save percentage of .893 and is 8-2-2 since returning from the WJC with a save % of .890 and a GAA of 2.92 over the span.
Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) - Lost both games this past weekend to Al Montoya's Michigan Wolverines , his first pair of back to back losses since Dec 4th & 9th...In a 4-3 loss on Saturday he turned aside 32 shots, marking the thirteenth time this year he's had 30+ saves...Holt still ranks 2nd in the CCHA in saves with 778 and dropped to 6th in the conference as his GAA went up to 2.71... Appeared in 29 games, posting a 15-11-3 record along with a 2.71 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Registered a goal and two assists on Sun. Feb. 12th in a 5-1 victory over Western Michigan en route to being named the game's 2nd star...Has recorded at lesat one point in 5 of his last 7 games including 3 multi-point games...Olver leads his team in both points (29) and assists (22)... Has posted eight multi-point games and five multi-assist games.
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