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09-22-2008, 10:39 AM
Rangers' Dawes finding a place alongside Drury

BY STEVE ZIPAY | steve.zipay@newsday.com
10:05 PM EDT, September 20, 2008

So far in this training camp, at least two prospective duos have stood out for the Rangers: center Scott Gomez and left wing Markus Naslund, and center Chris Drury and left wing Nigel Dawes.

As a rookie in camp last year, Dawes skated with several linemates -- Ryan Callahan and center Martin Straka, then center Brandon Dubinsky and Alex Bourret.

Dawes made the club, but struggled, was sent to Hartford, and came back to stay in mid-December. He reported to Westchester for workouts early and meshed with Drury.

That continued a relationship with the veteran center that began late last season when the two were paired with Callahan as a high-energy trio that excelled through much of the playoffs. Petr Prucha skated on the right side with them this week and the trio displayed speed and scoring.

"Sure, this camp's different for me," said Dawes. "Came early, I feel pretty good, got a little more comfortable. It's been competitive, but it's so much shorter than last year. And our line's been clicking. The idea is to carry that over into some games."

Saturday night, in the team's pre-season opener in Ottawa, Dubinsky scored both Rangers goals in a 3-2 loss. Dawes didn't register a point, although he and Drury created some scoring chances in the second.