December 31, 1996 |
Cliff Ronning scored midway through the third period to break a tie as the Phoenix Coyotes went on to beat the Red Wings, 5-3, Monday night at Detroit. Ronning, who has 34 points in his last 36 games against Detroit, took a pass from Mike Gartner in the right corner and beat goaltender Chris Osgood for his fifth goal at 11:02. Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3--Tomas Sandstrom's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie at Pittsburgh and rookie goalie Patrick Lalime remained undefeated.
October 25, 1993 |
Kelly Miller's goal at 1:26 of overtime Sunday night gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Edmonton. The victory, the Capitals' first in five road games, extended their win streak to three games. The Oilers, who have lost five in a row, are 0-7-1 in their last eight games after opening with two victories. Miller took a pass from defenseman Kevin Hatcher and beat goaltender Bill Ranford from the faceoff circle for the game-winner.
March 18, 2002 |
Cliff Ronning has had easier weeks. Last Tuesday, he was honored by the Nashville Predators after playing in his 1,000th NHL game a few nights earlier. Two days later, the Predators' all-time leading scorer pledged his allegiance to the fourth-year expansion franchise, telling reporters he and his family were happily settled in Nashville and that he hoped to play in the Predators' first playoff game, whenever that might be.
May 7, 2003 |
With a little self-control and one big game, center Cliff Ronning overcame one of the most disappointing moments of his career. After being acquired last summer by Minnesota, the former King became the Wild's oldest and highest-paid player. His experience helped the young team make the playoffs, but he wasn't doing much for Minnesota during the first part of its Western Conference semifinal series with Vancouver.
November 19, 2002 |
Although he was traded to the Kings with about four weeks left in the regular season, Cliff Ronning was the leading scorer for the Nashville Predators last season. This season, he is the No. 2 scorer for the Minnesota Wild. In between, the diminutive forward was a bust with the Kings. In 14 regular-season games, he scored one goal and five points. In four playoff games against the Colorado Avalanche, he contributed one assist.
March 23, 2002 |
The good news for Cliff Ronning is that, after 15 seasons in the NHL, he no longer hears questions about whether he's too small to last. The bad news is, now some wonder whether he's too old. "It's a never-ending battle," said the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Ronning, a 36-year-old left wing acquired by the Kings last week in a trade with the Nashville Predators. "But I think it has helped me to make sure I'm always ready to play. "It motivates me."