Cleary reaches one milestone, closes in on another
Dan Cleary scored twice in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 win over Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins Tuesday in Pittsburgh. — Photo by The Associated Press
A quick look at how the 2011-12 season is going for the seven Newfoundlanders in the National Hockey League (in alphabetical order):
The 21-year-old from Kilbride is fifth amongst all rookie scorers, with nine goals and 19 points in 30 games.
The Buffalo Sabres centre had a goal and an assist against the Nashville Predators last week, and followed up with an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. But he’s been held off the scoresheet in three games, including Tuesday’s contest against the Ottawa Senators in Buffalo.
The first Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup moved to 41st place on the all-time Detroit Red Wings goal-scoring list with his 104th and 105th markers in the Wings’ 4-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Riverhead, Harbour Grace native needs five assist for 200 career helpers.
Cleary’s no-trade clause in his contract, which runs out following next season, expires Jan. 29.
Through 29 games this season, Cleary has seven goals and five assists.
The big San Jose Sharks winger from Fermeuse leads the team with 43 penalty minutes (25th overall in the league).
He had a two-point game (goal, assist) against Dallas last week, but was held pointless in the three games since then.
Clowe, who is rotating with Patrick Marleau as Sharks’ assistant captain on the road this season, has six goals and 12 assists in 27 games played.
The Cornell-educated rookie from St. John’s is enjoying a modest four-game point-scoring streak (goal, three assists) after picking up a helper in Ottawa’s 3-2 overtime win against the Sabres on Tuesday night.
Greening is seventh overall in NHL rookie scoring with seven goals and eight assists in 31 games.
The defenceman from Bonavista has been struggling a bit for the Dallas Stars, watching from the press box the past two games.
Pardy opened the season on the disabled list, missing four games, and since then has been in three- and four-game stretches where he’s been a healthy scratch.
Pardy, who didn’t play Tuesday night against the Rangers in New York, has one assist in 13 games.
Talk about struggling: It’s 16 games and counting since Purcell, from St. John’s, has scored a goal. During that streak, he’s been limited to three assists.
Purcell is stuck on five goals, with 10 assists on the year.
The notoriously streaky Ryder has been dry of late, with three goals in the Dallas Stars’ last 15 games, including Tuesday’s 1-0 win against the Rangers. And two of those goals came in one game, against the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 28.
The Bonavista native has nine goals and eight assists in 29 games.
Ryder is the all-time NHL points leader (351) among players from Newfoundland and Labrador. Cleary sits in second place with 341 points.