Friday, May 9, 2008

Rangers At The Worlds

Newyorkrangers.com gives updates on Ranger players at the 2008 World Championships...

- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, playing his first international game for Sweden since helping his nation win Olympic gold in 2006, stopped 17 of 18 shots in the Swedes' lopsided 8-1 victory over Denmark in Quebec City. Lundqvist was working on a shutout of the Danes until Kasper Degn scored with only 5:28 remaining in the third period of the Group E game.

In other games involving Rangers players on Thursday, Michal Rozsival and his Czech Republic teammates crushed previously unbeaten Switzerland 5-0 in Group E play at Quebec City, and Brandon Dubinsky and Team USA downed Germany 6-4 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to climb into second place in group F. Both Rozsival and Dubinsky are representing their countries for the first time in a major international tournament.

- Rozsival, wearing No. 28 for this tournament since his Rangers No. 3 is taken by Marek Zidlicky of the Nashville Predators, was paired on the second defensive unit with Filip Kuba of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He took one shot on goal in the first period and finished with a plus-1 rating in 17:50 of icetime...

- Wearing No. 16, Dubinsky did not record any points in his Team USA debut, but did manage two shots on goal in 12:38 of ice time. He played on the Americans' No. 2 line with Florida's David Booth and Chicago's Patrick Kane.

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