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2005–06 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 5th Southeast
Conference 14th Eastern
2005–06 record 29-41-12
Goals for 237
Goals against 306
General Manager George McPhee
Coach Glen Hanlon
Captain Jeff Halpern
Arena MCI Center
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (52)
Assists Alexander Ovechkin (54)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (106)
Penalties in minutes Brendan Witt (141)
Wins Olaf Kolzig (20)
Goals against average Brent Johnson (3.44)

The Washington Capitals season involved Alexander Ovechkin’s rookie season. Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Alexander Ovechkin played his first game with the Washington Capitals on October 5, 2005, scoring two goals in a 3-2 victory over Columbus. In a shootout against Anaheim, Ovechkin scored the winning goal to end the game at 5-4. The Capitals finished the 2005–06 NHL season in the cellar of the Southeastern Division again, with a 29-41-12 campaign, having 12 more points then the 2003–04 season, good for 27th out of the 30 NHL teams. Yet the team played close in every game, playing in 42 one-goal games, although losing 2/3 of those games. A notable first was that Washington area native Jeff Halpern was named captain of the hometown Capitals. At the 2006 trade deadline, March 8, Witt was traded to Nashville. Several Capitals achieved career highs in several offensive categories. Matt Pettinger and Dainius Zubrus achieved new career highs in all offensive categories. Jeff Halpern achieved a career high in assists for the second consecutive season.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 14 Sasha Pokulok (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cornell University (ECAC)
1 27 Joe Finley (D) Flag of the United States United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)

Regular seasonEdit

Many longtime Capitals had career years, with Dainius Zubrus netting 57 points, Halpern having a career-best 33 assists, Matt Pettinger putting in a career-best 20-goal, 38-point effort and seven others on the relatively young team topping 20 points for the first time. Two notable landmarks were also hit by Capitals, as the team's longest tenured Capital, Olaf Kolzig, won his 250th game in goal and Andrew Cassels became the 204th player to play 1,000 games, although he did not finish out his season with the team.

  • November 22, 2005 - Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin face each other for the first time
  • On January 13, 2006 in Anaheim, Ovechkin scored his first career hat trick against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to help Washington win the game. His hat trick goals went past Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first ever hat trick game.
  • January 29, 2006 – Dainius Zubrus scored the Game Winning Goal in a 2-1 victory for the Capitals.
  • April 1, 2006 – Brent Johnson earned a shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
  • April 7, 2006 – In a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Olaf Kolzig played his 600th game as a Washington Capitals.
  • April 13, 2006 - Alexander Ovechkin becomes the second rookie in history to record 50 goals and 100 points in a season. Teemu Selanne was the first rookie to reach the accomplishment

Alexander OvechkinEdit

Ovechkin's rookie season exceeded the hype, as he led all 2005-06 NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring and tied for third in goals; and his 425 shots not only led the league, but also set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovechkin's rookie point total was the second-best in Washington Capitals history, and his goal total was tied for third in franchise history. He had 21 power play goals and a plus-minus rating of plus 2. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy, beating out Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Final standingsEdit

Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
12 Carolina Hurricanes 82 52 22 8 294 260 112
28 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 43 33 6 252 260 92
310 Atlanta Thrashers 82 41 33 8 281 275 90
411 Florida Panthers 82 37 34 11 240 257 85
514 Washington Capitals 82 29 41 12 237 306 70

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 5, 20053–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 1–0–0
2LOctober 7, 20053–7 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 1–1–0
3LOctober 8, 20051–8 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 1–2–0
5LOctober 12, 20052–7 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 2–3–0
6LOctober 13, 20053–5 New York Islanders (2005–06) 2–4–0
7WOctober 16, 20053–2 SO Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 3–4–0
8LOctober 20, 20052–3 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 3–5–0
9LOctober 22, 20050–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 3–6–0
10WOctober 26, 20053–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 4–6–0
11LOctober 28, 20052–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 4–7–0
12LNovember 3, 20051–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 4–8–0
13WNovember 4, 20053–2 SO Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 5–8–0
14WNovember 6, 20055–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 6–8–0
15LNovember 8, 20054–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 6–9–0
16LNovember 11, 20053–4 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 6–10–0
17LNovember 12, 20052–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 6–11–0
18WNovember 15, 20054–3 SO Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 7–11–0
19LNovember 17, 20055–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 7–12–0
20WNovember 19, 20055–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 8–12–0
21LNovember 22, 20054–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 8–13–0
22LNovember 23, 20053–4 SO Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 8–13–1
23LNovember 26, 20052–3 SO @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 8–13–2
24LNovember 27, 20052–3 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 8–14–2
25LDecember 1, 20052–3 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 8–15–2
26WDecember 3, 20055–1 New York Rangers (2005–06) 9–15–2
27LDecember 7, 20052–5 Nashville Predators (2005–06) 9–16–2
28LDecember 9, 20053–4 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 9–17–2
29WDecember 14, 20053–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 10–17–2
30LDecember 16, 20051–4 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 10–18–2
31LDecember 18, 20052–3 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 10–19–2
32WDecember 22, 20056–5 SO @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 11–19–2
33WDecember 23, 20054–2 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 12–19–2
34LDecember 27, 20053–4 OT Boston Bruins (2005–06) 12–19–3
35LDecember 28, 20052–7 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 12–20–3
36WDecember 31, 20054–3 SO Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 13–20–3
37LJanuary 1, 20062–5 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 13–21–3
38LJanuary 4, 20061–3 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 13–22–3
39LJanuary 6, 20061–3 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 13–23–3
40LJanuary 8, 20063–4 SO Florida Panthers (2005–06) 13–23–4
41LJanuary 10, 20063–4 OT Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 13–23–5
42LJanuary 12, 20061–4 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 13–24–5
43WJanuary 13, 20063–2 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 14–24–5
44WJanuary 16, 20066–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2005–06) 15–24–5
45WJanuary 19, 20065–4 SO St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 16–24–5
46WJanuary 21, 20065–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 17–24–5
47LJanuary 23, 20062–3 Boston Bruins (2005–06) 17–25–5
48LJanuary 25, 20061–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 17–26–5
49LJanuary 26, 20062–3 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 17–27–5
50WJanuary 29, 20062–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 18–27–5
51LJanuary 31, 20063–5 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 18–28–5
52WFebruary 3, 20064–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 19–28–5
53LFebruary 4, 20060–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 19–29–5
54LFebruary 7, 20060–5 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 19–30–5
55LFebruary 10, 20064–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 19–31–5
56LFebruary 11, 20063–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 19–32–5
57WFebruary 28, 20065–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 20–32–5
58LMarch 2, 20061–7 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 20–33–5
59LMarch 4, 20062–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 20–33–6
60WMarch 6, 20065–2 New York Islanders (2005–06) 21–33–6
61WMarch 8, 20066–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 22–33–6
62LMarch 10, 20063–4 SO New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 22–33–7
63LMarch 12, 20062–5 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 22–34–7
64LMarch 14, 20064–6 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 22–35–7
65LMarch 16, 20064–5 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 22–36–7
66LMarch 18, 20063–4 SO Florida Panthers (2005–06) 22–36–8
67LMarch 20, 20062–4 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 22–37–8
68LMarch 22, 20062–3 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 22–38–8
69LMarch 23, 20063–4 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 22–38–9
70WMarch 25, 20063–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 23–38–9
71WMarch 29, 20065–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 24–38–9
72LMarch 30, 20062–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 24–38–10
73WApril 1, 20061–0 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 25–38–10
74LApril 3, 20065–6 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 25–38–11
75LApril 5, 20063–4 SO Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 25–38–12
76LApril 7, 20063–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 25–39–12
77LApril 8, 20060–5 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 25–40–12
78WApril 10, 20062–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 26–40–12
79LApril 13, 20063–5 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 26–41–12
80WApril 15, 20062–1 SO @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 27–41–12
81WApril 17, 20066–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 28–41–12
82WApril 18, 20064–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 29–41–12

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ovechkin, AlexAlex Ovechkin LW 81 52 54 106 5222135
Zubrus, DainiusDainius Zubrus C 71 23 34 57 8431305
Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern C 70 11 33 44 79-8601
Willsie, BrianBrian Willsie RW 82 19 22 41 77-19812
Clark, ChrisChris Clark RW 78 20 19 39 1109130
Pettinger, MattMatt Pettinger LW 71 20 18 38 39-2452
Clymer, BenBen Clymer RW 77 16 17 33 72-7303
Sutherby, BrianBrian Sutherby C 76 14 16 30 73-17020
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 71 7 21 28 54-5402
Muir, BryanBryan Muir D 72 8 18 26 72-9400
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich C 73 7 14 21 26-9101
Bradley, MattMatt Bradley RW 74 7 12 19 72-8001
Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger D 66 5 13 18 81-12100
Morrisonn, ShaoneShaone Morrisonn D 80 1 13 14 917000
Biron, MathieuMathieu Biron D 52 4 9 13 50-11300
Cassels, AndrewAndrew Cassels C 31 4 8 12 14-3200
Witt, BrendanBrendan Witt D 58 1 10 11 141-5000
Majesky, IvanIvan Majesky D 57 1 8 9 66-2010
Friesen, JeffJeff Friesen LW 33 3 4 7 24-11000
Yonkman, NolanNolan Yonkman D 38 0 7 7 861000
Fata, RicoRico Fata RW 21 3 3 6 83100
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora C 10 2 2 4 60000
Klepis, JakubJakub Klepis C 25 1 3 4 8-11000
Green, MikeMike Green D 22 1 2 3 18-8000
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 59 0 3 3 140000
Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann LW 14 0 2 2 0-7000
Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon C 25 0 1 1 4-4000
Kane, BoydBoyd Kane LW 5 0 1 1 21000
Beech, KrisKris Beech C 5 0 0 0 40000
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi G 1 0 0 0 00000
Doull, DougDoug Doull LW 2 0 0 0 19-1000
Fehr, EricEric Fehr RW 11 0 0 0 20000
Forbes, ColinColin Forbes C 9 0 0 0 2-2000
Johansson, JonasJonas Johansson RW 1 0 0 0 20000
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson G 26 0 0 0 140000
Mink, GrahamGraham Mink C 3 0 0 0 00000
Peat, StephenStephen Peat RW 1 0 0 0 2-2000
Robitaille, LouisLouis Robitaille LW 2 0 0 0 5-1000
Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel C 7 0 0 0 01000
Tenute, JoeyJoey Tenute C 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 3506 59 20 28 11 206 3.53 019871781.896
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 1413 26 9 12 1 81 3.44 1854773.905
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi 59 1 0 1 0 4 4.07 03026.867
Team: 4978 82 29 41 12 291 3.51 128712580.899

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Ovechkin was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December 2005.[2]
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Calder Trophy

RosterEdit

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


Farm TeamsEdit

  • Hershey Bears, American Hockey League
  • South Carolina Stingrays, East Coast Hockey League[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2005-06 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  2. Ovechkin Named NHL Rookie of the Month. Retrieved on 2006-09-18.
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.14, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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