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|2006-07 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October, 2006-June 6, 2007|
|Season MVP||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)|
|Top scorer||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)|
|Eastern champions||Ottawa Senators|
|Eastern runners-up||Buffalo Sabres|
|Western champions||Anaheim Ducks|
|Western runners-up||Detroit Red Wings|
|Playoffs MVP||Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim)|
|Finals champions||Anaheim Ducks|
The 2006-07 NHL season was the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally, the NHL would have celebrated its 90th anniversary this season; however, the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season pushed the 90th season back until the 2007-08 NHL season. The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on [April 1, 2007 and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim officially shortened their name to the Anaheim Ducks prior to the season, introducing a new logo and color scheme. This reflected a clean break from their original owners, The Walt Disney Company, who originally named the team after the movie, The Mighty Ducks.
The NHL All-Star Game returned after a two-year absence when the Dallas Stars hosted the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game at the American Airlines Center on January 24, 2007. Dallas hosted the All-Star Game for the first time, and it was the first time the Stars franchise had had hosted the game since 1972, when it was hosted by the-then Minnesota North Stars. The West defeated the East by a score of 12-9, with Daniel Briere of the Buffalo Sabres being named MVP of the game.
Several former players had their jersey numbers retired during this season:
- Pittsburgh Penguins retired Mario Lemieux's #66 for the second time on October 5.
- St. Louis Blues retired Brett Hull's #16 on December 5.
- Detroit Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman's #19 on January 2.
- Los Angeles Kings retired Luc Robitaille's #20 on January 20.
- Montreal Canadiens retired Serge Savard's #18 on November 18 and Ken Dryden's #29 on January 29.
- Calgary Flames retired Mike Vernon's #30 on February 6.
- Edmonton Oilers retired Mark Messier's #11 on February 27.
Numerous players reached major milestones during the season:
- Brendan Shanahan became the 15th player with 600 regular season NHL goals when he scored twice in his debut with the New York Rangers on October 5 against the Washington Capitals.
- Jaromir Jagr joined Shanahan in the 600 goal club on November 19 scoring against Johan Holmqvist of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jagr and Shanahan are the first teammates to reach 600 goals in the same season. Jagr also become the 12th player to score 1,500 career points. He also passed Jari Kurri's record for points by a European-born player. Finally, Jagr scored his 30th goal against the Montreal Canadiens on April 5, tying Mike Gartner's record for most consecutive 30-goal seasons at 15.
- Joe Sakic became the third player to score 600 career goals this season on February 15. Sakic also became the 11th player to record 1,500 points.
- Teppo Numminen played in his 1,252nd regular season game, passing Jari Kurri's record for most games played by a European-trained player.
- Mats Sundin became the first Swedish player to score 500 career goals on October 14.
- Teemu Selanne scored his 500th goal on November 23.
- Peter Bondra became the 37th player to achieve 500 goals, followed shortly by Mark Recchi as number 38 on January 26.
- On March 13, Mike Modano became the 39th player to score 500 goals, scoring the goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Four nights later, he passed Joe Mullen for most goals by an American-born player by scoring his 503rd goal.
The NHL's youth movement continued:
- Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins became first player in 89 years to score a goal in each of his first six games in the NHL.
- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal became the youngest player (18 years, 153 days) in NHL history to record a hat trick.
- Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny set an NHL rookie record by scoring at least one point in 20 consecutive games, breaking Teemu Selanne's record of 17.
- 19-year old phenom Sidney Crosby claimed the scoring title with 120 points, becoming the youngest player in NHL history to achieve the feat.
- Crosby scored a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes to pass Wayne Gretzky as the youngest player in NHL history to reach 200 career points.
Numerous other milestones, events, and happenings occurred as well:
- In 2006-07, the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers played an historic preseason game. On September 23, 2006, the Rangers defeated the Panthers 3-2 in the NHL's first game in Puerto Rico.
- On November 9, 2006, the Anaheim Ducks set an NHL open era record by remaining undefeated in regulation for the first 16 games of the season. The previous mark was set by the 1984 Edmonton Oilers.
- On January 7, 2007, the Edmonton Oilers recorded their 1,000th regular season win in franchise history by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
- On February 1, 2007, Martin Brodeur passed Patrick Roy for first place on the all-time overtime wins list, with 45 career overtime wins.
- On February 22, 2007, eight games went to overtime, setting a record for most on one day. Four of these games went to a shootout. One of the shootouts, between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres, was the culmination of a game that saw a huge fight, the result of a late hit on Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, that resulted in 100 penalty minutes and five game misconduct ejections.
- On March 11, 2007, Chris Simon of the New York Islanders was suspended an NHL-record 25 games (minimum) for striking New York Rangers center Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick during a March 8 game between the two teams. Simon missed the Islanders' final 15 regular-season contests, their five post-season games, and will miss the first five games of the 2007-08 season.
- On March 31, 2007, Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored his 51st goal of the season, against the Washington Capitals, which would be enough to ensure that he became the first Lightning player to ever win the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy (most goals scored). Lecavalier finished the season with 52 goals. On the same night, Martin St. Louis crossed the 100-point mark for the season, making him and Lecavalier the only teammates in the 2006-07 season to reach 100 points.
- On April 3, 2007, Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings made 35 saves and moved into a tie for eighth place on the career shutouts list with 76, in a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hasek tied Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for career shutouts.
- On April 5, 2007, goalie Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils recorded his 48th win of the season, setting a new record for most wins in a single season by a goaltender. The previous record of 47 wins was set during the 1973-74 NHL season by Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers. Brodeur had tied the record two nights earlier.
- For the first time in NHL history, neither of the previous season's Stanley Cup finalists qualified for the playoffs, as both the Edmonton Oilers and defending champion Carolina Hurricanes failed to qualify. The Hurricanes are also the first Stanley Cup Champion since the 1995-96 New Jersey Devils to miss the playoffs the season after their victory.
- The Colorado Avalanche, with 95 points, broke the record set by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1969-70 season who had 92 points, for having the most points of any team missing the playoffs.
- The Vancouver Canucks broke their franchise record of the longest playoff game on April 11, 2007 winning near the end of the 4th overtime, against the Dallas Stars and marking the 6th-longest game in NHL history.
- On June 2, 2007, the Stanley Cup Finals returned to Ottawa for the first time in over 80 years, since the final match between the original Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on April 13, 1927 was played. As reported by The Canadian Press, 99 year-old Russell Williams is in attendance, who attended the previous Finals game. The Senators won the game, 5-3.
- The Chicago Blackhawks surpassed the Toronto Maple Leafs as the team with the most regular season losses in NHL history, finishing the season with 2,393 losses compared to Toronto's 2,391.
Red-shaded team won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Orange-shaded team clinched the other conference.
Yellow-shaded teams clinched the other four divisions.
Green-shaded teams clinched the remaining ten playoff berths.
Numbers in parentheses indicate ranking in conference. Division leaders are automatically ranked 1-3. These three, plus the next five teams in the conference standings, earn playoff berths at the end of the season.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
|New Jersey Devils (2)||82||49||24||9||216||201||107|
|Pittsburgh Penguins (5)||82||47||24||11||277||246||105|
|New York Rangers (6)||82||42||30||10||242||216||94|
|New York Islanders (8)||82||40||30||12||248||240||92|
|Philadelphia Flyers (15)||82||22||48||12||214||303||56|
|Buffalo Sabres (1)||82||53||22||7||308||242||113|
|Ottawa Senators (4)||82||48||25||9||288||222||105|
|Toronto Maple Leafs (9)||82||40||31||11||258||269||91|
|Montreal Canadiens (10)||82||42||34||6||245||256||90|
|Boston Bruins (13)||82||35||41||6||219||289||76|
|Atlanta Thrashers (3)||82||43||28||11||246||245||97|
|Tampa Bay Lightning (7)||82||44||33||5||253||261||93|
|Carolina Hurricanes (11)||82||40||34||8||241||253||88|
|Florida Panthers (12)||82||35||31||16||247||257||86|
|Washington Capitals (14)||82||28||40||14||235||286||70|
|Detroit Red Wings (1)||82||50||19||13||274||199||113|
|Nashville Predators (4)||82||51||23||8||272||212||110|
|St. Louis Blues (10)||82||34||35||13||214||254||81|
|Columbus Blue Jackets (11)||82||33||42||7||201||249||73|
|Chicago Blackhawks (13)||82||31||42||9||200||258||71|
|Vancouver Canucks (3)||82||49||26||7||221||201||105|
|Minnesota Wild (7)||82||48||26||8||235||191||104|
|Calgary Flames (8)||82||43||29||10||258||226||96|
|Colorado Avalanche (9)||82||44||31||7||272||251||95|
|Edmonton Oilers (12)||82||32||43||7||195||248||71|
|Anaheim Ducks (2)||82||48||20||14||258||208||110|
|San Jose Sharks (5)||82||51||26||5||258||199||107|
|Dallas Stars (6)||82||50||25||7||226||197||107|
|Los Angeles Kings (14)||82||27||41||14||227||283||68|
|Phoenix Coyotes (15)||82||31||46||5||216||284||67|
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: 
- The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
- The greater number of games won.
- The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
- The greater differential between goals for and against.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||79||36||84||120||+10||60|
|Joe Thornton||San Jose Sharks||82||22||92||114||+24||44|
|Vincent Lecavalier||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||52||56||108||+2||44|
|Dany Heatley||Ottawa Senators||82||50||55||105||+31||74|
|Martin St. Louis||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||43||59||102||+7||28|
|Marian Hossa||Atlanta Thrashers||82||43||57||100||+18||49|
|Joe Sakic||Colorado Avalanche||82||36||64||100||+2||46|
|Jaromir Jagr||New York Rangers||82||30||66||96||+26||78|
|Marc Savard||Boston Bruins||82||22||74||96||-19||96|
|Daniel Briere||Buffalo Sabres||81||32||63||95||+17||89|
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
|Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota Wild||41||2,226||23||8||6||73||5||.929||1.97|
|Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||56||3,340||38||11||6||114||8||.913||2.05|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||78||4,696||48||23||7||171||12||.922||2.18|
|Roberto Luongo||Vancouver Canucks||76||4,490||47||22||6||171||5||.921||2.28|
|Jean-Sebastien Giguere||Anaheim Ducks||56||3,244||36||10||8||122||4||.918||2.26|
Stanley Cup playoffsEdit
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage, which gives them a maximum possible four games on their home ice, with the other team getting a maximum possible three. In the Stanley Cup Final, home ice is determined based on regular season points, giving the Anaheim Ducks home ice for this year's series. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2-2-1-1-1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team will have Games 1 and 2, plus 5 and 7 if necessary, played on their home ice, while the lower-seeded team will be at home for the other games. The format ensures that the team with home ice advantage will always have home ice for the "extra" game if there are an odd number of games in a series.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
|Anaheim win series 4-1|
|Scott Niedermayer wins Conn Smythe Trophy|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2006-07:
- Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild
- Yutaka Fukufuji, Los Angeles Kings (first Japanese NHL player)
- Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins
- Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
- Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Alexander Radulov, Nashville Predators
- Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2006-07 (listed with their last team):
- Matthew Barnaby, Dallas Stars
- Peter Bondra, Chicago Blackhawks
- Sean Burke, Los Angeles Kings
- Eric Lindros, Dallas Stars
- Scott Mellanby, Atlanta Thrashers
- Joe Nieuwendyk, Florida Panthers
- Mike Ricci, Phoenix Coyotes
- Patrik Stefan, Dallas Stars
- Pierre Turgeon, Colorado Avalanche
- 2006 NHL Entry Draft
- 2006-07 NHL transactions
- 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game
- National Hockey League All-Star Game
|National Hockey League|
|2006-07 NHL season by team|
|Atlantic||New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|Southeast||Atlanta • Carolina • Florida • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Columbus • Detroit • Nashville • St. Louis|
|Northwest||Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • Minnesota • Vancouver|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Dallas • Los Angeles • Phoenix • San Jose|
|See also||2006 NHL Entry Draft • All-Star Game • Stanley Cup Playoffs • Finals • Transactions|