Rangers recall Dawes and Moore; demote Callahan; bench Hollweg

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NEW YORK - The Rangers recalled Nigel Dawes and Greg Moore from Hartford of the AHL on Sunday and put both forwards right into the lineup against the Phoenix Coyotes.

New York, which scored only nine goals in losing four of the previous five (1-3-1), benched checking forward Ryan Hollweg and sent struggling second-year player Ryan Callahan down to Hartford.

Dawes and Moore played on a line centred by Chris Drury.

Dawes had four goals and an assist in 16 games earlier this season with the Rangers before being assigned last month to Hartford, where he had nine goals and 18 assists in 14 contests. Moore scored a team-high 15 goals for the Wolf Pack and helped set up 14 others in 26 games.

Moore was pointless in his only game with the Rangers this season, Nov. 21 at Tampa Bay.

Callahan, 22, has a goal and 12 penalty minutes for New York in 15 games, but didn't record a point in the seven since he returned from a knee injury that sidelined him for a month (16 games).

Hollweg has just one assist and 11 penalty minutes in 31 games this season, and is a minus-7. He got only five minutes, 49 seconds of ice time on Wednesday in New York's 5-4 overtime loss at Washington.

The Rangers also played without forward Marcel Hossa and No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, due to the flu. Hossa was scratched from the lineup, while Lundqvist dressed as the backup to Steve Valiquette.

Defenceman Marek Malik returned from a three-game benching to fill in for Jason Strudwick, who moved up from the blue-line to play as a forward in place of Hossa.

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