The strength of the New York Rangers' future was on full display on Sunday in Manchester, N.H., as the Blueshirts' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, crushed the host Monarchs 7-0 in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division semifinals.
Rookies Nigel Dawes, Colby Genoway and Brandon Dubinsky
combined for 13 points as Hartford evened the series at 2-2 and regained home-ice advantage. The Wolf Pack have scored 10 of the last 11 goals in the series since falling behind 5-2 in the third period of Game 3.
Dawes recorded two goals and two assists, Genoway had two goals and three assists and Dubinsky, recently promoted from the Western Hockey League, had a remarkable four-point outing. He scored his first two goals on the power play while assisting on two others.
Four of the seven Hartford goals came with the man-advantage and nineteen of the 20 points recorded by Wolf Pack skaters came from rookies.
Daniel Girardi added a goal and an assist, Marvin Degon dished out three assists. Marc Staal
, the Rangers' 2005 first-round draft choice, had a late third period assist for his first pro point. The assist came on the second of Dubinsky's two goals.
Al Montoya made 30 saves for his first playoff shutout.
The teams will return to Hartford for Game 5 on Tuesday