2006–07 NHL season

2006–07 NHL season
2006–07 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 4, 2006–June 6, 2007
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Buffalo Sabres
Season MVP Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)
Top scorer 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 Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim)
Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup champions Anaheim Ducks
  Runners-up Ottawa Senators
NHL seasons
← 2005–06

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The 2006–07 NHL season was the 90th season of operation (89th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 11, 2007 and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup.

League business

National Hockey League announced that the regular season salary cap rise after the initial season. The 2006–07 salary cap was increased by $5,000,000 (US) per team to bring the salary cap up to $44,000,000 (US). While the 2006-07 salary floor was increased by $8,000,000 (US) per team to $28,000,000 (US). This is the only year where the NHL salary floor raised faster than the NHL salary cap.

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]

Regular season

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 Danny Briere of the Buffalo Sabres being named MVP of the game. Fewer penalties were called than in 2005-06 (an average of 398 per team).[2] This led to fewer goals scored overall (7,082)[3] and more shutouts (150).[4] However, more even-strength goals were scored (4,715)[3] than in 2005-06 (4,579).[5]

This season would have an intense battle between Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo for the Vezina Trophy and a piece of NHL history. Both goaltenders were vying to break Bernie Parent's NHL record 47 wins in a single season. On April 3, 2007, Brodeur tied the NHL record for most wins in a single season with 47, set by Parent in 1973–74, in a 2–1 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators.[6] Two days later, he broke the thirty-three-year-old record with his 48th win in a 3–2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, which helped the Devils clinch their seventh Atlantic Division title and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Luongo finished with a career-high 47 wins, one shy of Brodeur, and consequently finished runner-up in a close race for the Vezina. Luongo and Brodeur are considered, however, to have been given an advantage to Parent with the inauguration of the shootout that season by the NHL, allowing more games to be decided with wins, as opposed to ties.[7]

Final standings

Buffalo Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the purpose of conference rankings, 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.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 New Jersey Devils 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
2 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
3 6 New York Rangers 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
4 8 New York Islanders 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
5 15 Philadelphia Flyers 82 22 48 12 214 303 56


Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Buffalo Sabres 82 53 22 7 308 242 113
2 4 Ottawa Senators 82 48 25 9 288 222 105
3 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 40 31 11 258 269 91
4 10 Montreal Canadiens 82 42 34 6 245 256 90
5 13 Boston Bruins 82 35 41 6 219 289 76


Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Atlanta Thrashers 82 43 28 11 246 245 97
2 7 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 44 33 5 253 261 93
3 11 Carolina Hurricanes 82 40 34 8 241 253 88
4 12 Florida Panthers 82 35 31 16 247 257 86
5 14 Washington Capitals 82 28 40 14 235 286 70


Western Conference

Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 50 19 13 254 199 113
2 4 Nashville Predators 82 51 23 8 272 212 110
3 10 St. Louis Blues 82 34 35 13 214 254 81
4 11 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 33 42 7 201 249 73
5 13 Chicago Blackhawks 82 31 42 9 201 258 71


Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
2 7 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
3 8 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
4 9 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
5 12 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 71


Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Anaheim Ducks 82 48 20 14 258 208 110
2 5 San Jose Sharks 82 51 26 5 258 199 107
3 6 Dallas Stars 82 50 25 7 226 197 107
4 14 Los Angeles Kings 82 27 41 14 227 283 68
5 15 Phoenix Coyotes 82 31 46 5 216 284 67

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

[8]

Tiebreaking procedures

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:[9]

  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.

Playoffs

The Stanley Cup

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  Buffalo Sabres 4     1  Buffalo Sabres 4  
8  New York Islanders 1     6  New York Rangers 2  


2  New Jersey Devils 4 Eastern Conference
7  Tampa Bay Lightning 2  
    1  Buffalo Sabres 1  
  4  Ottawa Senators 4  
3  Atlanta Thrashers 0  
6  New York Rangers 4  
4  Ottawa Senators 4   2  New Jersey Devils 1
5  Pittsburgh Penguins 1     4  Ottawa Senators 4  


  E4  Ottawa Senators 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2  Anaheim Ducks 4
1  Detroit Red Wings 4     1  Detroit Red Wings 4
8  Calgary Flames 2     5  San Jose Sharks 2  
2  Anaheim Ducks 4
7  Minnesota Wild 1  
  1  Detroit Red Wings 2
  2  Anaheim Ducks 4  
3  Vancouver Canucks 4  
6  Dallas Stars 3   Western Conference
4  Nashville Predators 1   2  Anaheim Ducks 4
5  San Jose Sharks 4     3  Vancouver Canucks 1  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

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.

Final

Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators

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

NHL awards

2006-2007 NHL awards[10]
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[11]
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins[12]
Calder Memorial Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks[13]
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 Lidstrom, 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[11]
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[11]
Lester Patrick Trophy: Brian Leetch, Cammi Granato, Stan Fischler, John Halligan[14]

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team[15]
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

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes[16]

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 Brière Buffalo Sabres 81 32 63 95 +17 89

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average[17]

Player Team GP Min W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
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

Events and milestones

Several former players had their jersey numbers retired during this season:[18]

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.[20]
  • Jaromir Jagr joined Shanahan in the 600 goal club on November 19, making Jagr and Shanahan the first teammates to reach 600 goals in the same season.[21] Jagr also passed Jari Kurri's record for points by a European-born player and later became the 12th player to score 1,500 career points.[22][23] Jagr scored his 30th goal of the season 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.[24] Sakic also became the 11th player to record 1,500 points.[25]
  • Teppo Numminen played in his 1,252nd regular season game on November 13, passing Jari Kurri's record for most games played by a European-trained player.[26]
  • Mats Sundin became the first Swedish player to score 500 career goals on October 14.
  • Teemu Selänne scored his 500th goal on November 23, becoming only the second Finnish player to reach the mark.[27]
  • Peter Bondra became the 37th player to achieve 500 goals on December 22,[28] followed shortly thereafter by Mark Recchi as number 38 on January 26.[29]
  • On March 13, Mike Modano became the 39th player to score 500 goals.[30] Four nights later, he passed Joe Mullen for most goals by an American-born player by scoring his 503rd goal.[31]

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, with 12 wins and four overtime losses. The previous mark was set by the 1984–85 Edmonton Oilers, who had 12 wins and three ties.[38]
  • On February 22, 2007, eight games went to overtime, setting a record for most on one day.[40] 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 three game misconduct ejections.[41]
  • 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.[42] Simon missed the Islanders' final 15 regular-season contests, their five post-season games, and the first five games of the 2007–08 season.[43]
  • 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 win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (most goals scored).[44] Lecavalier finished the season with 52 goals.[45] 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.[46][47]
  • 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.[51] 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.[52]
  • 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.[55]

Debuts

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

Last games

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):

See also

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