The 2005–06 NHL season was the 89th season of operation (88th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season succeeded the 2004–05 season which had all of its scheduled games canceled due to a labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the League and its players. The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 21, 2006, and concluded on June 19, with the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup, after which the Oilers would miss the postseason ten consecutive times and the Hurricanes would miss 11 of their next 12.
|2005–06 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 5, 2005 – June 19, 2006|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Sidney Crosby|
|Picked by||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Joe Thornton (Bruins, Sharks)|
|Top scorer||Joe Thornton (Bruins, Sharks)|
|Eastern champions||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Eastern runners-up||Buffalo Sabres|
|Western champions||Edmonton Oilers|
|Western runners-up||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|Playoffs MVP||Cam Ward (Hurricanes)|
On July 13, 2005, the NHL, and NHLPA jointly announced that they had tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement which would allow the resumption of hockey for the 2005–06 season. The agreement was voted on July 21 by NHLPA members, and approved by a nearly 7 to 1 margin. The following day, the NHL's Board of Governors (owners) voted unanimously to approve the new agreement.
A new logo for the NHL was also unveiled, with "NHL" printed in upward-reading letters to project a vibrant, optimistic image, and having silver as the dominant color to pay homage to the Stanley Cup. Also, new Eastern and Western Conference logos were unveiled before the Olympic break, with red as the dominant East color, and blue as the dominant West hue.
American television also had a new look. OLN took over broadcasting rights after ESPN decided not to renew their rights on cable television. The network, owned by Comcast, had Monday and Tuesday night games during the regular season under an exclusivity clause prohibiting local telecasts those nights in the two participating teams' markets. NBC returned as the NHL's over-the-air partner after ABC parted ways following the 2003–04 season. Comcast high-speed cable internet customers could watch at least seven games a week over the Internet as part of the new TV deal.
The league returned with a revamped rulebook, to the point that many refer to "pre-lockout" and "post-lockout" when comparing statistics. The rule experimentation was based on the previous season of play in the AHL, and was based on creating a more exciting game with more scoring opportunities. Furthermore, a new Competition Committee was formed to discuss future rule changes, and players were invited to participate in the discussion.
In terms of total goals scored during an NHL regular season, the 2005–06 regular season turned out to be the highest-scoring in NHL history, with 7,443 goals scored in 1,230 games. However, the highest-scoring season in terms of goals per game still belonged to the 1992–93 regular season, in which 7,311 goals were scored in only 1,008 games, for an average of 7.25 per game (the average in 2005–06 was 6.05 per game). The record for most shorthanded goals scored in a season, set in 1992–93 and matched in 1993–94 at 312, was broken as 318 shorthanded goals were scored. A total of 117 shutouts were recorded, down from an all-time high of 192 in 2003–04. The higher offensive numbers were largely attributable, among other things, to greater frequency of power plays. In 2003–04, teams had an average of 348 power plays over 82 games. In 2005–06, the average number of power plays per team over 82 games was 480.
The NHL season began on October 5, and for the first time in the League's history, all of the league's 30 teams played a game on opening night. In the first period of each game, all teams wore a jersey (sweater) with a special patch as the league and players association auctioned off those jerseys for the benefit of the Red Cross in both the United States and Canada earmarking the proceeds for Hurricane Katrina victims (the Islanders' ECHL affiliate in Biloxi, Mississippi suspended operations for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons because of this disaster; furthermore, the NHL had a Stanley Cup tour of ECHL cities to raise additional funds for relief efforts. On opening night of this season, Jean-Pierre Dumont of the Buffalo Sabres scored the first goal of the regular season, and Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, of the Ottawa Senators became the first players to score the winning goals for a shootout in NHL history, both scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour. Their sticks were subsequently sent to the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The All-Star Game, which would have been in Phoenix, did not take place (the city will host the event in a future year as a replacement); the league instead took a break in February so that many of its players could participate in the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. The new schedule features more intra-division games in order to promote division rivalries. Consequently, there are whole divisions in the opposite conference that teams never played during the season.
This season saw the much-hyped debuts of (and immediate rivalry between) Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. It was only the second time that two rookies had over 100 points in a season (Teemu Selanne and Joe Juneau performed the feat in 1992–93). Ovechkin finished with 106 points, which is third best all-time among NHL rookies. Crosby surpassed teammate Mario Lemieux's 100-point rookie season, finishing with 102 points, currently fifth best all-time.
On November 30, 2005, Joe Thornton was traded from the Boston Bruins to the San Jose Sharks in a four-player deal which sent forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart to Boston. Thornton went on to win the scoring title and to date has consistently been a top ten League scorer. The Bruins would not make the playoffs until 2008.
On November 26, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals played the second-longest NHL shootout to date. Rangers defenseman Marek Malik scored the winning goal in the 15th round, pulling the puck between his own legs to defeat Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, giving the Rangers the victory by the final score of 3–2.
Three early-season games had to be rescheduled due to various events. Hurricane Wilma had forced the NHL to reschedule two Florida Panthers home games, in which their game against Ottawa Senators scheduled on October 22 was rescheduled to December 5; the game against the Washington Capitals scheduled for October 29 was moved to December 1. The Nashville Predators–Detroit Red Wings game on November 22 was called off with 7:30 left in the first period after Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer suffered a seizure and had to be resuscitated. It was rescheduled to January 23, 2006, with the game starting 1–0 for Nashville as Greg Johnson's goal from the original date was allowed to stand. The game that was originally scheduled for January 23 at Nashville between the two teams was moved to March 30, 2006.
On January 12, the New York Rangers retired the number 11 of long-time captain Mark Messier to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers would beat Messier's former team, the Edmonton Oilers, 5–4 in overtime.
On January 16 in Phoenix, Washington Capitals rookie winger Alexander Ovechkin added himself to the league's historical highlight reel by scoring a goal from his back while rolling and sliding past the goal. Ovechkin was checked to the ice by Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara on a breakaway between the Coyotes' faceoff circles, but rolled to his back, reached over his head with his stick and hooked the puck in behind goaltender Brian Boucher.
On January 19, Los Angeles Kings veteran left winger Luc Robitaille scored his 550th, 551st and 552nd goals as a member of the Kings, eclipsing Marcel Dionne's franchise record of 550 goals. The 40-year-old Robitaille retired at season's end.
The season was rocked with scandal in early February when it came to light that Phoenix Coyotes Assistant Coach Rick Tocchet was found to be involved in a $1.6 million illegal sports gambling ring with Mafia ties. Apparently, no betting on NHL games was being done, but bets were being placed on college and professional football and college and professional basketball. Although Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky denied any knowledge or involvement in the ring, initial reports stated that wiretapped phone conversations he had proved that he not only knew about the ring, but was trying to find ways to conceal his wife's involvement in it. He was later cleared of these accusations, but long-term implications to his reputation are still unknown. For more information, see Operation Slapshot.
On April 15, in the Nashville Predators' 81st game of the season, Nashville goaltender Chris Mason was credited with a goal when the Phoenix Coyotes' Geoff Sanderson put the puck in his own net. Mason was awarded credit for the goal, as he was the last Predator to have touched the puck. It was the ninth regular season goal scored by a goaltender in NHL history. The last goal of the regular season was scored by Kyle Calder of the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in a 3–2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, which ended the 2005–06 regular season at 10:50 EDT on April 18, 2006.
This season also marked the first time since the 1978–79 season that the St. Louis Blues did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, ending the third-longest NHL post-season appearance streak at 25 seasons. Only the Chicago Blackhawks (28 seasons) and the Boston Bruins (29 seasons) had longer streaks.
This season also marked the last time the Pittsburgh Penguins missed the playoffs. From 2007 onward, they reached the playoffs every year.
The Detroit Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
For 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.
|1||3||New Jersey Devils||82||46||27||9||242||229||101|
|3||6||New York Rangers||82||44||26||12||257||215||100|
|4||12||New York Islanders||82||36||40||6||230||278||78|
|4||9||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||41||33||8||257||270||90|
|2||8||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||43||33||6||252||260||92|
|1||Z- Ottawa Senators||NE||82||52||21||9||314||211||113|
|2||Y- Carolina Hurricanes||SE||82||52||22||8||294||260||112|
|3||Y- New Jersey Devils||AT||82||46||27||8||242||229||101|
|4||X- Buffalo Sabres||NE||82||52||24||6||242||239||110|
|5||X- Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||45||26||11||267||259||101|
|6||X- New York Rangers||AT||82||44||26||12||257||215||100|
|7||X- Montreal Canadiens||NE||82||42||31||9||243||247||93|
|8||X- Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||43||33||6||252||260||92|
|9||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||41||33||8||257||270||90|
|12||New York Islanders||AT||82||36||40||6||230||278||78|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||58||16||8||305||209||124|
|3||13||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||35||43||4||223||279||74|
|5||15||St. Louis Blues||82||21||46||15||197||292||57|
|2||5||San Jose Sharks||82||44||27||11||266||242||99|
|3||6||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||43||27||12||254||229||98|
|4||10||Los Angeles Kings||82||42||35||5||249||270||89|
|1||P- Detroit Red Wings||CE||82||58||16||8||305||209||124|
|2||Y- Dallas Stars||PA||82||53||23||6||265||218||112|
|3||Y- Calgary Flames||NW||82||46||25||11||218||200||103|
|4||X- Nashville Predators||CE||82||49||25||8||259||227||106|
|5||X- San Jose Sharks||PA||82||44||27||11||266||242||99|
|6||X- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PA||82||43||27||12||254||229||98|
|7||X- Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||43||30||9||283||257||95|
|8||X- Edmonton Oilers||NW||82||41||28||13||256||251||95|
|10||Los Angeles Kings||PA||82||42||35||5||249||270||89|
|13||Columbus Blue Jackets||CE||82||35||43||4||223||279||74|
|15||St. Louis Blues||CE||82||21||46||15||197||292||57|
Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest
P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: 
In the first round, all of the Eastern series went to the higher-seeded team. In the Western Conference, however, the opposite was the case, and every series went to the lower seed. In the semi-finals, the first-seeded Ottawa Senators were upset by the Buffalo Sabres, while in the Western Conference, the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers defeated the fifth seeded San Jose Sharks. The East's second seed, the Carolina Hurricanes, advanced to the Conference Final and defeated Buffalo in a seven-game series. The sixth-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeated the Colorado Avalanche to advance to the Western Conference Final. Edmonton continued its Cinderella story by defeating Anaheim in five games, while Carolina advanced to the final with a seven-game series win over Buffalo.
The 2006 Stanley Cup Final was contested between the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes and the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers. It was Carolina's second appearance in the Final, the other being in 2002, a loss to the Detroit Red Wings. It was Edmonton's seventh appearance in the Final and their first since their fifth Cup win in 1990. Carolina defeated Edmonton in seven games to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup, becoming the tenth post-1967 expansion team and third former World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise to win the Cup.
|Carolina vs. Edmonton|
|June 5||Edmonton 4||5 Carolina|
|June 7||Edmonton 0||5 Carolina|
|June 10||Carolina 1||2 Edmonton|
|June 12||Carolina 2||1 Edmonton|
|June 14||Edmonton 4||3 Carolina||OT|
|June 17||Carolina 0||4 Edmonton|
|June 19||Edmonton 1||3 Carolina|
|Carolina wins series 4–3 and Stanley Cup|
|Cam Ward (Carolina) wins Conn Smythe Trophy|
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|2005-2006 NHL awards|
|Stanley Cup:||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Presidents' Trophy:||Detroit Red Wings|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Edmonton Oilers|
|Art Ross Trophy:||Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks/Boston Bruins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks/Boston Bruins|
|Jack Adams Award:||Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy:||Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers|
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy:||Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Wade Redden, Ottawa Senators;|
Michal Rozsival, New York Rangers
|Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award:||Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens|
|Vezina Trophy:||Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||Red Berenson, Marcel Dionne, Reed Larson, Glen Sonmor, Steve Yzerman|
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames||G||Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils|
|Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings||D||Zdeno Chara, Ottawa Senators|
|Scott Niedermayer, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||D||Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars|
|Joe Thornton, Boston/San Jose||C||Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes|
|Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers||RW||Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators|
|Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals||LW||Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Joe Thornton||Boston Bruins/San Jose Sharks||81||29||96||125||+31||61|
|Jaromir Jagr||New York Rangers||82||54||69||123||+34||72|
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||81||52||54||106||+2||52|
|Dany Heatley||Ottawa Senators||82||50||53||103||+29||86|
|Daniel Alfredsson||Ottawa Senators||77||43||60||103||+29||50|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||81||39||63||102||-1||110|
|Eric Staal||Carolina Hurricanes||82||45||55||100||-8||81|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||Atlanta Thrashers||78||52||46||98||-6||68|
|Marc Savard||Atlanta Thrashers||82||28||69||97||+7||100|
|Jonathan Cheechoo||San Jose Sharks||82||56||37||93||+23||25|
Minimum 1,000 minutes played.
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
|Miikka Kiprusoff||Calgary Flames||74||4379:40||42||20||11||151||10||.923||2.07|
|Dominik Hasek||Ottawa Senators||43||2583:58||28||10||4||90||5||.925||2.09|
|Manny Legace||Detroit Red Wings||51||2905:09||37||8||3||106||7||.915||2.19|
|Cristobal Huet||Montreal Canadiens||36||2102:59||18||11||4||77||7||.929||2.20|
|Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||53||3111:53||30||12||9||116||2||.922||2.24|
|Manny Fernandez||Minnesota Wild||58||3411:14||30||18||7||130||1||.919||2.29|
|Ilya Bryzgalov||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||31||1575:13||13||12||1||66||1||.910||2.51|
|Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||68||3910:12||41||19||5||166||3||.898||2.55|
|Vesa Toskala||San Jose Sharks||37||2039:13||23||7||4||87||2||.901||2.56|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||73||4364:35||43||23||7||187||5||.911||2.57|
The following are players of note who played their first NHL game in 2005-06:
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2005–06, listed with their team:
|Tommy Albelin||New Jersey Devils||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils.|
|Dave Andreychuk||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Lightning, over 1600 games played.|
|Aki Berg||Toronto Maple Leafs||Olympic silver and bronze medalist.|
|Andrew Cassels||Washington Capitals||Over 1000 games played.|
|Eric Daze||Chicago Blackhawks||1-time NHL All-Star.|
|Eric Desjardins||Philadelphia Flyers||1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, 2-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Chris Dingman||Tampa Bay Lightning||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche and Lightning.|
|Tie Domi||Toronto Maple Leafs||Over 1000 games played and 3,500 penalty minutes.|
|Jiri Fischer||Detroit Red Wings||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings.|
|Brett Hull||Phoenix Coyotes||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, Olympic silver medalist, 8-time NHL All-Star, Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner, over 1200 games played.|
|Brian Leetch||Boston Bruins||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers, Olympic silver medalist, 10-time NHL All-Star, 2-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, over 1200 games played.|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins as a player, Olympic gold medalist, 10-time NHL All-Star, 6-time Art Ross Trophy winner, 4-time Lester B. Pearson Award winner, 3-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, 2-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Bill Masterton Trophy winner, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Lester Patrick Trophy winner, Lou Marsh Trophy winner, second member of Hockey Hall of Fame to resume career after induction.|
|Grant Marshall||New Jersey Devils||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils.|
|Shawn McEachern||Boston Bruins||1-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|Alexander Mogilny||New Jersey Devils||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils, Olympic gold medalist, 5-time NHL All-Star, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, Triple Gold Club member.|
|Lyle Odelein||Pittsburgh Penguins||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, over 1000 games played.|
|Zigmund Palffy||Pittsburgh Penguins||4-time NHL All-Star.|
|Keith Primeau||Philadelphia Flyers||2-time NHL All-Star.|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles Kings||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, 8-time NHL All-Star, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.|
|Turner Stevenson||Philadelphia Flyers||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils.|
|Scott Young||St. Louis Blues||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, over 1100 games played.|
|Steve Yzerman||Detroit Red Wings||3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Olympic gold medalist, 10-time NHL All-Star, Bill Masterton Trophy winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner, Lester Patrick Trophy winner, over 1500 games played.|
|Alexei Zhamnov||Boston Bruins||Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist, 2-time NHL All-Star.|
Media related to 2005-2006 National Hockey League season at Wikimedia Commons2005 NHL Entry Draft
The 2005 NHL Entry Draft was the 43rd NHL Entry Draft.
As a lockout cancelled the games of the 2004–05 NHL season, the draft order was determined by lottery on July 22, 2005. Teams were assigned 1 to 3 balls based on their playoff appearances and first overall draft picks from the past three years. According to the draft order, the selection worked its way up to 30 as usual; then instead of repeating the order as in past years, the draft "snaked" back down to the team with the first pick. Therefore, the team with the first pick overall would not pick again until the 60th pick. The team with the 30th pick would also get the 31st pick. The new CBA reduced the draft to seven rounds in length, compared to nine rounds in years past.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the draft lottery and, as expected, selected Sidney Crosby. The lottery associated with the draft has colloquially been referred to as the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes due to the certainty of Crosby being selected first.
The draft was held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, on July 30, 2005, and unlike normal drafts it was not open to the public, for the first time since 1980. The draft was originally supposed to be held at the Corel Centre with the Ottawa Senators being the host beginning June 25, 2005, but was cancelled due to the lockout. The Corel Centre was available for the new date, but it would not have been possible to use it on such short notice. Only the top 20 prospects attended the draft. The Senators did not host the draft due to this, and were compensated by hosting the 2008 draft instead.2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers season
The 2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers season was the Thrashers' seventh season in the National Hockey League. The Thrashers again did not qualify for the playoffs.2005–06 Boston Bruins season
The 2005–06 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins' 82nd season of operation. The Bruins slipped to 13th in the Eastern Conference and did not qualify for the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs.2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks season
The 2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 80th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926.2005–06 Dallas Stars season
The 2005–06 Dallas Stars season was the Stars' 13th season in the city of Dallas, the 39th overall of the franchise. This was the season following the 2004–05 season which was canceled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.2005–06 Los Angeles Kings season
The 2005–06 Los Angeles Kings season was the 39th season (38th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. It began with wholesale changes, as during the off-season the Kings acquired centers Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick to help solidify their offense, as well as goaltender Jason LaBarbera.
The changes appeared to pay off, as the Kings stormed out to a 15–6–1 record, and first place in the division. The team, however, collapsed, winning only 27 of their remaining 60 games, finishing fourth in the Pacific Division, and out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Head Coach Andy Murray was fired for their final 12 games with John Torchetti taking over, despite the team finishing with an impressive 42 wins.2005–06 Montreal Canadiens season
The 2005–06 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 97th season, 89th in the National Hockey League. The Canadiens would qualify for the playoffs, eventually being eliminated in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals by the Carolina Hurricanes 4 games to 2.2005–06 NHL transactions
The following is a list of all team-to-team transactions that occurred in the National Hockey League during the 2005–06 NHL season. It lists what team each player has been traded to, or claimed by, and for which players or draft picks, if applicable.2005–06 Nashville Predators season
The 2005–06 Nashville Predators season was the eighth season of the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League. The Predators qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season.2005–06 New York Islanders season
The 2005–06 New York Islanders season was the 34th season in the franchise's history. The Islanders replaced head coach Steve Stirling, replacing him with Brad Shaw. On March 14, 2006, the Islanders trailed the Montreal Canadiens by five points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but won only five of their final 18 games to finish 12th in the East. Their 12th place finish meant that, for the first time since the 2000–01 season, the team would not qualify for the playoffs.2005–06 New York Rangers season
The 2005–06 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 79th season of play and their 80th season overall. It marked a resurgence for the Rangers, with the team finishing the season having recorded 100 points, the sixth time in franchise history that the team had reached the 100-point plateau and their highest point total since their 1993–94 championship season, and a return to the playoffs for the first time since 1996–97. Jaromir Jagr also broke several Rangers single-season records including goals (54), points (123), power-play goals (24) and shots on goal (368). The Rangers missed out on winning the Atlantic Division on the last day of the regular season when the Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens and the Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers qualified for the playoffs as the sixth seed but were swept by their rivals the New Jersey Devils in the first round.2005–06 San Jose Sharks season
The 2005–06 San Jose Sharks season was the Sharks' 15th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).2005–06 St. Louis Blues season
The 2005–06 St. Louis Blues season was the 39th for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, and the first since the 2004–05 NHL lockout. The Blues finished the regular season with a record of 21 wins, 46 losses and 15 losses in overtime, sufficient for an NHL season-low of 57 points. The Blues failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1978–79 season, ending their streak of consecutive playoff appearances at 25 seasons.2006 Stanley Cup Finals
The 2006 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2005–06 season, and the culmination of the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes and the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers. It was Carolina's second appearance in the final, the other being in 2002, a loss to the Detroit Red Wings. It was Edmonton's seventh appearance in the Final and their first since their fifth Cup win in 1990. It was also the first (and to date only) finals matchup between two former World Hockey Association franchises. Carolina defeated Edmonton in seven games to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup and become the tenth post-1967 expansion team and third former WHA team to win the Cup. Carolina's 2006 win was also the teams' second league championship (the club, then known as the New England Whalers won the WHA Championship in 1973).List of Arizona Coyotes seasons
This is a list of seasons completed by the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Coyotes have completed in the NHL since their relocation from Winnipeg in 1996.
Note: GP = Games played, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
1 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).
2 Totals through the 2015–16 season, Reg. season wins and losses through 2015-2016 seasonList of Colorado Avalanche seasons
This is a list of seasons completed by the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Avalanche have completed in the NHL since their relocation from Quebec in 1995 (when they became the first, and so far only, team in North American pro sports history to win a championship in the same season they moved to a new city).
Note: GP = Games Played, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
1 Season was cancelled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games tied after regulation will be decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) will be recorded as OTL in the standings.List of Dallas Stars seasons
This is a list of seasons completed by the Dallas Stars team of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Stars have completed in the NHL since 1993. The franchise relocated in 1993 from Minnesota, where it was the Minnesota North Stars. Since moving to Dallas, the team has made the playoffs in 14 of its 23 seasons of play. The Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Note: GP = Games played, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
2 Season was cancelled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
3 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games tied after overtime will be decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) will be recorded as OTL in the standings.
4 Season was shortened due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.List of Florida Panthers seasons
This is a list of seasons completed by the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Florida Panthers have completed in the NHL since their inception in 1993.
Stanley Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions President's Trophy
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
2 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).
3 Totals through the 2018–19 season
4 Totals through the 2018–19 season
5 Totals through the 2018–19 seasonOperation Slapshot
Operation Slapshot is the code name of an undercover police operation, spearheaded by New Jersey state police, against an illegal nationwide gambling ring.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.
2005–06 NHL season