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2006-07 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October, 2006-June 6, 2007
Regular season
Season MVP Flag of Canada Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)
Top scorer Flag of Canada Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Ottawa Senators
  Eastern runners-up Buffalo Sabres
Western champions Anaheim Ducks
  Western runners-up Detroit Red Wings
Playoffs MVP Flag of Canada Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim)
Finals
Finals champions Anaheim Ducks
  Runners-up Ottawa Senators

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.

EventsEdit

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.[1]

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:

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:

Numerous other milestones, events, and happenings occurred as well:

  • 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 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 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 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.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

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

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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
Northeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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
Southeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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
Northwest Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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
Pacific Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
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

Tiebreaking ProceduresEdit

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: [1]

  1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  2. The greater number of games won.
  3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
  4. The greater differential between goals for and against.


Scoring leadersEdit

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
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

Leading goaltendersEdit

[3]

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

Player Team GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
Niklas BackstromMinnesota Wild 41 2,226 23 8 6 73 5 .929 1.97
Dominik HasekDetroit Red Wings 56 3,340 38 11 6 114 8 .913 2.05
Martin BrodeurNew Jersey Devils 78 4,696 48 23 7 171 12 .922 2.18
Roberto LuongoVancouver Canucks76 4,490 47 22 6 171 5 .921 2.28
Jean-Sebastien GiguereAnaheim Ducks 56 3,244 36 10 8 122 4 .918 2.26

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Hhof stanley cup

The Stanley Cup

Playoff bracketEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  Buffalo 4  
8  NY Islanders 1  
  1  Buffalo 4  
  6  NY Rangers 2  
2  New Jersey 4
7  Tampa Bay 2  
  1  Buffalo 1  
Eastern Conference
  4  Ottawa 4  
3  Atlanta 0  
6  NY Rangers 4  
  2  New Jersey 1
  4  Ottawa 4  
4  Ottawa 4
5  Pittsburgh 1  
  E4  Ottawa 1
  W2  Anaheim 4
1  Detroit 4  
8  Calgary 2  
  1  Detroit 4
  5  San Jose 2  
2  Anaheim 4
7  Minnesota 1  
  1  Detroit 2
Western Conference
  2  Anaheim 4  
3  Vancouver 4  
6  Dallas 3  
  2  Anaheim 4
  3  Vancouver 1  
4  Nashville 1
5  San Jose 4  

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.

FinalsEdit

Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 28 Ottawa 2 Anaheim 3
May 30Ottawa 0 Anaheim 1
June 2Anaheim 3 Ottawa 5
June 4Anaheim 3 Ottawa 2
June 6Ottawa 2 Anaheim 6
Anaheim win series 4-1
Scott Niedermayer wins Conn Smythe Trophy

NHL awardsEdit

2006-2007 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s)
Stanley Cup: Anaheim Ducks
Presidents' Trophy: Buffalo Sabres
Prince of Wales Trophy: Ottawa Senators
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Anaheim Ducks
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jack Adams Award: Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidström, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Lester B. Pearson Award: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild
Vezina Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
William M. Jennings Trophy: Niklas Backstrom & Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild
Lester Patrick Trophy: Brian Leetch, Cammi Granato, Stan Fischler, John Halligan

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils G Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning
Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks D Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins C Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators RW Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2006-07:

Last gamesEdit

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):

Hat tricksEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


NHL seasons

2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05 | 2005-06 | 2006-07 | 2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11

2006-07 NHL season by team
Atlantic New JerseyNY IslandersNY RangersPhiladelphiaPittsburgh
Northeast BostonBuffaloMontrealOttawaToronto
Southeast AtlantaCarolinaFloridaTampa BayWashington
Central ChicagoColumbusDetroitNashvilleSt. Louis
Northwest CalgaryColoradoEdmontonMinnesotaVancouver
Pacific AnaheimDallasLos AngelesPhoenixSan Jose
See also 2006 NHL Entry DraftAll-Star GameStanley Cup PlayoffsFinalsTransactions

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