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Clowe tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 12:05 PM / News

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Clowe tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
Clowe tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Dec. 12.


Clowe led all scorers last week with eight points (three goals, five assists) as the Sharks (15-10-4) won three of four games. Clowe tallied multiple points in each game, beginning with a pair of assists in a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 6. He notched one goal, one assist and a shootout tally in a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 8, recorded two assists in a 6-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Dec. 9 and scored both goals, including the overtime winner, in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 11. The 28-year-old native of Fermuse, Newfoundland leads the Sharks in plus-minus (+10) and ranks second on the club in scoring with 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 29 games. He is on pace to easily surpass his single-season career high of 57 points set in 2009-10.


Fleury posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.67 goals-against average and .944 save percentage as the Penguins (21-8-2) extended their winning streak to 12 games. Fleury made 27 saves in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Dec. 6, stopped 23 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Dec. 8 and concluded the week by making 34 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Dec. 11. Fleury improved his season record to 14-6-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout. He is 13-0-1 in his past 14 appearances, tying a career-high streak without a regulation defeat. He also has an active and career-best 11-game winning streak, recording a save percentage of .945 during that span.


Nash tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in three games, helping the Blue Jackets post a pair of victories and reach the 28-game mark with the best record in franchise history (16-11-1). Nash figured in each Columbus goal last week, starting with a last-minute, game-tying goal, an assist and a shootout tally in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Dec. 6. He recorded one assist in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 8 and finished the week with two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, and an assist in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers Dec. 11. The Blue Jackets captain shares the League lead in game-winning goals (five) and leads his club in goals (16) and points (24) in 27 games.
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